Among Fortune magazine’s list of 50 of the most powerful women in business is Ann-Marie Campbell, the president of the Southern division at the Home Depot. Campbell, who comes in at number 38, was born in Kingston, Jamaica and started at the company as a cashier. Today, she has a staff of 100,000 who work at 690 stores and are responsible for about $26 billion in sales.
She’s in mighty fine company. Coming in at number 17 is Ursula Burns, the well-known CEO of Xerox, who dropped from number 13 last year. Burns has seen the company’s stock increase in value by 34 percent even as the company’s revenue has fallen 2.5 percent recently.
And at number 15 is Rosalind Brewer, the president and CEO of Sam’s Club, which she’d like to turn into a $100 billion-plus business. Whoa.
Hanging on to the number one spot for a third year is Ginni Rometty, the CEO, chairman and president of IBM. The company’s revenue fell five percent to $99.8 billion for fiscal year 2013 but, says Fortune, “her strategy of investing in new technology is showing results.” Those new technologies include cloud and mobile services.
Also a little tidbit: #42, Kathy Murphy, president of Fidelity Investments, was the special speaker at this year’s Dress for Success breakfast, which raised money for the nonprofit’s financial literacy program. Murphy told a charming story about her six-year-old daughter Piper, who went to the office one day to be “an intern” and immediately asked about getting a promotion. Murphy encouraged the audience to conjure their “inner Piper.” Love that. To make it to this power list, Murphy has to “manage the largest provider of IRAs in the US.”
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