Black women have battled the brick wall that blocks the glass ceiling for decades. But the climb up the corporate ladder to the C-suite, that suite belonging to a companies Chief Executive Officer, has been conquered by several notable African American women. Women like Ursala Burns and Oprah Winfrey make success look achievable and have certainly made leading major corporations a sistah thang. Here’s our list of top ten black female CEOs:
Ursala Burns became the black superwoman of corporate America when she was appointed the first African American CEO of a fortune 500 company, Xerox, in 2009. Since then she has catapulted her profile with savvy business moves like leading the company’s biggest transaction to date: a $6.4 billion acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services, a business-process outsourcing company. With that move, Burns showed her plans to expand Xerox beyond the technology its known for. As head of the corporate giant, Burns commands not only a $4.1 million salary, she also earned the coveted title of one of the world’s most powerful women according to Forbes Magazine.