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From the entire team here at March8, welcome to our Top 100 Leaders issue.
HELLO AND WELCOME
The word ‘leader’ is difficult to define, simply, because it means different things to different people.
To some, integrity, communication and delegation are the most important attributes, whereas others may constitute self-awareness, respect and influence as the obligatory factors.
However you interpret the word, we can all agree that leaders have a tremendous influence on individuals and organisations alike, which is why we are celebrating 100 women who are pioneering change and leading by example.
You may notice that not all of our women are founders or CEOs. This is because we believe that great leadership isn’t defined by job title or corporation size, but by the impact made on others.
To us at March8, leaders are those who advocate for others, while making tough but fair decisions. Leaders lend their voice when others struggle to find theirs and they drive innovation, creativity and of course, personal and professional development. With love, the March8 Team.
DIRECTOR, CHAIRMAN, & PUBLIC SPEAKER
Board Member of Airbnb, Ralph Lauren & WPP, Chair of Save the Children International
Dr. Raja Al Gurg
MANAGING DIRECTOR & BOARD MEMBER
Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC
Dr Raja Al Gurg, Chairperson and Managing Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC (ESAG), is a well-known businesswoman. She has achieved laurels for her stellar leadership of the group under the tutelage of her father, HE Easa Saleh Al Gurg, KCVO, CBE. Dr. Raja has carved a unique niche for herself due to her support and encouragement of other Arab women entrepreneurs.
After a career spanning three decades in fashion, Angela Ahrendts joined Apple as Senior Vice President, Apple Retail in May 2014. Angela joined Apple from Burberry, where she served as CEO and led the company through a period of outstanding global growth. Prior to Burberry, she was Executive Vice President at Liz Claiborne Inc., and earlier in her career she served as president of Donna Karan International.
HEAD OF GLOBAL TV
Bela Bajaria was named Head of Global TV in 2020, overseeing English language and local language scripted and unscripted series around the world. Bela leads the team for all television, responsible for hit series including Bridgerton, Squid Game, The Queen’s Gambit and Cobra Kai. Previously, she oversaw local language originals, and original series across Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, Africa, India, Asia, and Latin America as Vice President of Local Language Originals.
Juliet Barratt Grenade
Alongside her husband Alan, Juliet Barratt co-founded sports nutrition brand Grenade which sold in March 2021 to Mondelez for £200mn. Before Juliet’s time at Grenade, her career spanned the charity, training and education sectors, where she was a sixth form director. Now, Juliet spends a great deal of time prioritising education, by mentoring young entrepreneurs and assisting them with start-ups.
Corie Barry Best Buy
Corie Barry is CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., the leading provider of consumer technology products and services, with approximately 100,000 employees in North America and US$47bn in annual revenue. She says: “I strongly believe my purpose is to leave something better than when I found it – and that’s true in my community, in my family and at Best Buy.”
TALA & Shreddy
Fitness enthusiast and entrepreneur Grace Beverley is the founder of activewear brand TALA and transformation app SHREDDY.
Through TALA, Grace focuses on producing high-quality sustainable products, which come without the hefty price tag. Now, with two successful companies under her belt, Grace has become a leading influencer in the fitness and business industry.
Amanda Blanc Aviva
Born and raised in Rhondda, a small valley in Wales, Amanda Blanc started her career at Commercial Union, where she worked her way up to become the youngest and first woman branch manager. In 2020, Amanda became a board member for Aviva, the UK’s largest insurance company, and took over as CEO a few months later. Aviva now has a 23% share of the UK life and savings market.
Anne Boden Starling Bank
Anne Boden is the founder and CEO of Starling, the mobile banking app used by 275,000 British customers. The Welsh entrepreneur previously held a string of top financial positions, including Head of EMEA at RBS and COO at Allied Irish Bank. Boden has raised more than $70mn for her fintech startup and received an MBE for services to fintech earlier this year.
Ana Bot í n Banco Santander
Renowned Spanish banker Ana Patricia Botín is the daughter of Emilio Botín, the former Executive Chairman of the Santander Group’s Spain branch. In 2010, after working her way up through the company, Ana was appointed as the CEO of Santander UK, later becoming Chairman in 2014. Through her time as CEO, Ana has become known for championing fintech and backing small enterprises and women-owned businesses.
Kendra Bracken -Ferguson BrainTrust
As an innovative leader and transformative brand builder, Kendra Bracken-Ferguson leads with the mindset of an entrepreneur, having built a business experience portfolio that expands brand development, strategic planning, investment and C-suite leadership. Kendra has helped create, build, and monetise over 200 influencerdriven brands from idea inception to acquisition through data-led strategies that have successfully generated over US$100mn in revenue.
At age 23, Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE was appointed Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club when the club was in administration. Four years later, she became the youngest Managing Director of a UK plc, when she floated the club on the London Stock Exchange. Now, she is CEO of West Ham United Football Club, one of the leading London Premier League football clubs.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Anna Brailsford Code First Girls
Anna Brailsford is an entrepreneurial leader with a history of growth targets within the tech industry. She is also the CEO and co-founder of Code First Girls, a social enterprise dedicated to transforming tech by providing the skills, space and inspiration for women to become developers and future tech leaders. Anna has a proven history of scaling companies to drive growth, maximise revenue and increase performance.
Roz Brewer Walgreens Boots Alliance
As one of only two Black women currently leading a Fortune 500 firm, and the third Black woman in history to serve as a Fortune 500 CEO, Roz Brewer has been named as the highest-paid female CEO, according to a study by Equilar. Prior to her role at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Roz sat on the board of directors for Starbucks and was named as COO and group president of the coffee giant.
Thasunda Brown Duckett
PRESIDENT & CEO
Thasunda is the President and CEO of Fortune 500 firm TIAA, standing as the fourth Black woman in history to serve as a Fortune 500 CEO and the second Black woman currently leading a Fortune 500 firm. Prior to her role at TIAA, she was CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, responsible for more than US$600bn in deposits and investments and 50,000 employees.
Shelli Brunswick Space Foundation
Shelli Brunswick, COO of Space Foundation, brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the global space ecosystem — from a distinguished career as a space acquisition and program management leader and congressional liaison for the U.S. Air Force to her current role overseeing Space Foundation's three primary divisions: Symposium 365, Center for Innovation and Education and Global Alliance.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Michele Buck The Hershey Company
As Hershey’s first female President and CEO, Michele has more than 30 years of consumer packaged goods experience. She has previously held roles at Kraft/ Nabisco and the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo, with a successful track record of building brands consumers love, developing high-performing teams and creating sustainable businesses in a rapidly evolving economic and social marketplace. Michele is on the Board of Directors at New York Life.
Mary Callahan Erdoes
Since joining J.P. Morgan in 1996, Mary Callahan Erdoes has held senior roles across Asset and Wealth Management before becoming its CEO in 2009 and joining the JPMorgan Chase Operating Committee. Mary serves on the Global Advisory Council of Harvard University, where she received her MBA. She also serves on the boards of the Robin Hood Foundation of New York City and Georgetown University.
Sonia Cheng Rosewood Hotel Group
In 2021, Sonia became Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery, overseeing corporate brand and marketing, Hearts on Fire and High Jewellery, and introduced an innovative hotel concept, Tong Pai (同派), catering to the taste and need of young travellers. Sonia has also been CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group for 14 years, a privatelyowned company, which is one of the world’s leading hotel groups.
After more than three decades at AT&T, Anne Chow moved to FranklinCovey to hold the position of Lead Director. Anne is a great believer that ideas, invention and innovation thrive at the intersection of technology and people. That’s why, most of her career has been spent expanding and enhancing this intersection, leading diverse teams across product management, strategy and planning, direct and indirect sales, customer care and operations, and marketing.
Maxine Clark Build a Bear Workshop
Maxine Clark has extensive leadership and executive experience in the retail industry, which includes founding and leading Build-A-Bear Workshop. She has more than 45 years of experience in the areas of marketing, merchandising, store operations, digital technology, entertainment, strategic planning, and real estate. In 2013, Maxine retired from Build-A-Bear, collecting US$1.37mn in total compensation.
Rachel Corp, FRSA
As a passionate, successful and strategic leader, Rachel Corp has top-level experience running commercial broadcast news, while thriving in challenging and competitive environments where editorial, operational and financial decisions are critical. Rachel has recently been appointed CEO of ITN. She is also a key member of ITN's SLT, responsible for the direction and strategy of the company more widely and is a Board Trustee at Women for Women International.
Sara Davies, MBE
Crafter's Companion Limited
Following the footsteps of her mother and father, Sara Davies founded Crafter’s Companion while she was studying at University. Now, Crafter’s Companion designs and sells creative products to customers across the globe. Sara was awarded and MBE for her Outstanding Contributions to the Craft Industry and features on British television show
Dragon’s Den. Sara is also passionate about supporting women in business and is an active mentor.
Maria Eitel Nike Foundation
Maria Eitel is the Founder of the NIKE Foundation and Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Girl Effect. As a longtime NIKE Executive, Maria joined NIKE as the first Vice President of Corporate Responsibility in 1998. Since, she pioneered the principles and programmes across NIKE’s business that led the company from crisis to successful corporate citizenship. Maria currently serves as a board director of Cloudflare and GoFundMe.
EVP & FORMER CEO
As a Senior Fortune 500 Executive, Tami Erwin is a veteran CEO of high-performing global organisations, and expert on digital transformation. Over the course of her 35-year career – that has included leading all major units of Verizon – Tami has worked with a vast amount of Fortune 500 companies, as well as governments, communities, and consumers around the world. She is a highly strategic leader known for setting clear direction.
FIFA Women's World Cup
Jane Fernandez has worked on several global sporting events such as the 2015 Asian Cup, 2016 Rio Olympics and FIFA World Cups. She joined Football Federation Australia in 2005, and is now the Chief Operating Officer of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Jane is passionate about advocating for women in sports and creating a platform for gender equality.
Catherine Fiamma MacGregor ENGIE
As an engineering graduate, Catherine Fiamma MacGregor has spent most of her career in the energy industry, in Africa, Europe, USA and Asia. Catherine has a strong industry culture and is committed to working with teams to meet the challenges ahead. As the CEO of ENGIE, Catherine is passionate to accelerate the energy transition. Prior to this role, Catherine held positions at TechnipFMC and Schlumberger.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Anne Finucane Bank of America Europe
Anne Finucane is a business executive and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Bank of America Europe. As Chairman, Anne oversees more than US$67bn in assets. She also serves on the board of Bank of America Securities Europe SA – the bank’s EU broker-dealer in Paris. Both entities play a critical role in the company’s post-Brexit European growth strategy, which Finucane architected.
CEO & FOUNDER
Bethenny Frankel Skinnygirl
Bethenny Frankel created the pre-packaged margarita line, named Skinnygirl Margarita, in 2009, which led her to found the company Skinnygirl and Skinnygirl Cocktails. Since the launch, SkinnyGirl has expanded to sell products including candy, popcorn, deli meat and salad dressings, as well as shapewear, jeans and apparel. Bethenny also sold the cocktail line to Beam Global for $120mn.
Caroline Frankum Kantar
CEO, PROFILES DIVISON
As an experienced CEO, Caroline Frankum specialises in understanding people and inspiring growth. She has a high level of expertise in media, digital, first-party data sourcing, and tech-driven automation, to name a few specialties. At Kantar, Caroline is part of the Kantar Exco and, as Global CEO of the Kantar Profiles Division, is also responsible for running a growing, profitable, multi-million-dollar access panel.
Michelle Gass Kohl's
As CEO of Kohl’s, Michelle Gass is responsible for Kohl’s long-term growth, profitability, and strategic direction — overseeing 1,160 stores, a growing ecommerce business, and employing 100,000 associates across the US. Michelle has taken bold action to lead the company’s focus on becoming an active and wellness destination, drive the company’s digital efforts to become a leading retailer, and bring in new categories, partners and brands.
Divya Gokulnath BYJU'S
BYJU’s co-founder Divya Goklunath is passionate about creating unique and personalised learning experiences for students globally. Through the company, Divya aims to ignite the passion and energy of her teams to deliver on BYJU’S’ purpose of ‘Making children fall in love with learning’. She describes herself as a teacher, team builder and mother, who has also been named one of LinkedIn Top Voices.
Lynn Good Duke Energy Corporation
CHAIR, PRESIDENT & CEO
Lynn Good is Chair, President and CEO of Duke Energy, one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Under her leadership, Duke Energy has intensified its focus on serving its customers and communities, while leading the way to a cleaner, smarter energy future. Before becoming CEO in 2013, Lynn served as Duke Energy’s CFO and earlier led the company’s commercial energy businesses during its initial development of renewable energy projects.
R 2 Factory Rolls Royce
Technology leader Caroline Gorski has more than 25 years of experience, with a background in strategy consulting, market development and commercial decision-making at FTSE 100 boardlevel. She is the co-founder of the Emergent Alliance, a not-for-profit Global Data Collaboration initiative and the Group Director of R² Data Labs, the data innovation and artificial intelligence catalyst inside Rolls-Royce.
Dax Grant Global Transformation
As a CEO, COO, CIO, entrepreneur, portfolio non-executive director, keynote speaker, author and philanthropist, Dax Grant is recognised for digitising businesses, catalysing turnarounds and utilising courageous leadership with technology to unlock value. Having worked with a variety of FTSE 100, FORTUNE 500 firms and FinTechs as an executive director, Dax is an experienced tech and operations executive who provides strategic insight and catalyses top quartile results.
PRESIDENT & CEO Progressive Insurance
& MANAGING PARTNER
Tricia Griffith was appointed President and CEO and elected to the Board of Directors in July 2016. Prior to being named CEO, Tricia served as Personal Lines COO since April 2015, overseeing the company’s personal lines, claims and customer relationship management groups. Tricia joined Progressive as a Claims Representative in 1988 and has served in many key leadership positions during her tenure.
From pre-revenue startups to multibillion dollar enterprises, Kirsten Green has combined her professional history with acquired investment experience to launch her incredibly successful career. Kirsten became the founder and managing partner for Forerunner Ventures, after more than 20 years in the investment industry. Kirsten has also led the first investments in six companies currently valued over US$1bn, including Chime, a financial technology company.
FORMER CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT & CEO
Marillyn Hewson is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation. She joined Lockheed Martin in 1983 as an Industrial Engineer. During her career, she held leadership positions across the corporation, including President and COO; executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Electronic Systems business area; President of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration; Executive Vice President of Global Sustainment for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
CO-FOUNDER & COO GoHenry
Financial entrepreneur Louise Hill is on a mission to teach millions of kids how to be good with money. Louise founded GoHenry in 2012 with two other parents as there were no resources teaching children how to manage finances in an increasingly digital world. She says: “My aim at GoHenry is to show that financial education can be fun, practical and help with the transition into adulthood.”
CO-CEO & PRESIDENT Ariel Investments
Upon graduating from Princeton University, Mellody took a position overseeing client services at Ariel Capital Management. Although Ariel broke off from its parent company in 1994 – seeing assets drop by $100mn – Mellody worked her way up through the ranks becoming President and securing $10bn in assets for the firm. Mellody was named as the chairwoman of Starbucks Corp in 2020.
A cashless society is having a negative impact on the charity sector – Francesca Hodgson founded GoodBox, in a bid to combat this. For her dedication to GoodBox, Francesca was awarded a scholarship to the University of Cambridge. Prior to GoodBox, Francesca worked at BGC Partners LP, a global broking firm where she headed the department responsible for CSR and the annual charity day.
EXECUTIVE VP & CFO
PRESIDENT & CEO
Occidental Oil and Gas Corp
When Vicki Hollub was named President and CEO of Occidental Petroleum in April 2016, she became the first woman to be at the helm of a major American oil company. Since Vicki has been at the helm of Occidental, she has teamed up with Warren Buffett, who backed Oxy's US$57bn bid for Anadarko Petroleum. The acquisition was completed in August 2021.
As Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft, Amy Hood is responsible for leading the company’s worldwide finance organisation, including acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, internal audit and investor relations. Prior to this role, Amy was CFO of Microsoft’s Business Division, responsible for the company’s productivity applications and services including Microsoft Office 365, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM.
COO & GROUP PRESIDENT Pfizer
Angela Hwang CO-CEO Gensler
Having been with Pfizer for over 25 years, Angela has worked across all geographies and therapeutic areas, currently holding the position of Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group and Pfizer Executive Team Member Group President. Angela is also a member of the Board of Directors of UPS, the global leader in supply chain logistics and package delivery, EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations), and the Pfizer Foundation.
Diane Hoskins, FAIA, is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs. As an MIT-trained architect and an MBA from the Andersen School at UCLA, Diane’s career has spanned architecture, design, real estate, and business. She has broad responsibility in running the firm, which spans over 6,000+ employees networked across 50 offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Asma Ishaq CEO MODERE
Asma Ishaq is the CEO of Modere, a global, live-clean lifestyle brand with an advanced science portfolio of beauty and personal care, health and wellness, and household products that are currently sold in 42 international markets. Asma pioneered the collagen/ HA dietary supplement and skincare markets when she co-founded Jusuru International. Asma led Jusuru through its acquisition by Modere in February 2017 and was appointed CEO less than one year later.
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL NETWORKING SUPPLY CHAIN & COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS Google
Diversity, equity and inclusion have always been key themes in Supriya's journey from her early years in India to her working experience in global organisations based out of Australia and more recently in Silicon Valley. Today, Supriya leads Supply Chain and Commercial Operations for Google’s Global Networking division, with a focus on predictable materials supply and operations to operate the network at scale.
For over 25 years, Renuka Jagtiani has guided the Landmark Group's corporate strategy and grown the fashion and hospitality businesses for the region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerate in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. In her current role, Renuka oversees all retail and hospitality operations, leading strategic growth through expansion into new markets and driving the group’s CSR initiatives.
Dr. Kathrin Jansen
SVP & HEAD OF VACCINES R&D
As a member of Pfizer’s Worldwide Research, Development, and Medical leadership team, Dr. Kathrin leads a fully integrated, global vaccines research and development organisation. Her responsibilities range from discovery to registration and post-marketing commitments and a clinical vaccines portfolio that includes vaccines to prevent or treat diseases. Prior to this role, Dr Kathrin worked for Merck Research Laboratories, to develop Gardasil®, the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine.
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
CO-FOUNDER Urban Ocean Lab
While at college, Abby Johnson worked summers at her family’s company, Fidelity Investments. Working her way up the career ladder, Abby was promoted to President of Fidelity Asset Management and four years later, she became Head of Retail, Workplace, and Institutional Business. In 2012 she was named President, in 2014 she became CEO, and in 2016 she was appointed Chairman. Now, Abby owns an estimated 24.5% stake of the firm, which has US $4.2tn in managed assets.
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native, as well as the co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities. Prior to this role, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute and taught as an adjunct professor at New York University. Dr Ayana is also co-creator of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet.
Allie K. Miller
AI ENTREPRENEUR, ADVISOR & INVESTOR
Former Amazon & IBM
CTO & CIO
Diane Jurgens is an MSEE and MBA-educated leader, innovator and visionary with 30+ years of international business and technology leadership spanning the resources, automotive and aerospace industries. She has led teams in 25 countries around the world, having lived in China and Singapore for the past 14 years. As a lover of science, Diane is passionate about paying her success forward by advocating stem education and neurodiversity programmes.
Allie K. Miller is the leading lady in artificial intelligence (AI). As the global head of machine learning business development for startups and venture capital at Amazon, she plays a key role in advancing the greatest AI companies in the world. Allie is also the co-founder of Girls of the Future, an initiative encouraging more girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) subjects.
Reshma Kewalramani MD FASN
PRESIDENT & CEO
Reshma Kewalramani has dedicated her career to improving the lives of patients, including the last 15+ years through the development of new medicines. She joined Vertex in 2017 and, in collaboration with the executive committee, board of directors and everyone at Vertex, she leads and executes the company’s strategy and ambitious mission of transforming the lives of people with serious diseases.
FOUNDER Beauty Pie
Moving to New York City with only US$300 in her pocket, Marcia Kilgore had no plan for what she wanted to do with her life. Her first port of call was to use her bodybuilding experience to find work as a personal trainer, to later develop her own spa and skincare line, Bliss. After huge success, Marcia sold Bliss and launched four new companies: Soap & Glory, FitFlop, Soaper Duper, and Beauty Pie.
Ana Kirova studied and worked in design and branding before moving into product leadership. Now, Ana is CEO of Feeld, and explains: “As a leader, I believe in people, context and considerate communication. Operationally I strive for autonomy, remote working and applying an ‘assume best intentions’ mindset in the teams I work with. I’m deeply interested in humans, sexuality, technology and alternatives”.
CFO Deutsche Post DHL Group
Physicist Melanie Kreis entered the business world as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, shortly after joining private equity company Apax Partners. Her next move was to take the position of Special Projects Manager at Deutsche Post DHL in 2004, where she now sits as CFO. Melanie Kreis states: “I don’t think ‘I’m in Finance’ is a boring conversation stopper. For me, my job wonderfully touches every part of our business.”
FOUNDER & CEO Stitch Fix
Katrina Lake, founder, chair and former CEO of Stitch Fix, an online personal-shopping service, started the company out of her apartment in 2011 while completing a Harvard MBA. When Katrina took Stitch Fix public in 2017, she was the youngest female founder ever to lead an IPO. Stitch Fix generated revenue of US$2.1bn in the year through July 2021.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO Boldvoice
BoldVoice co-founder and CEO Anada Lakra is on a mission to empower every non-native speaker to find their most confident voice, with the help of expert accent coaching content and speech AI. Prior to this role, Anada built and brought to market five products in both enterprise and consumer, across verticals including retail, media, entertainment, and recruitment.
FOUNDER Clever Carbon
Donna Langley, DBE
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
As Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), Donna Langley is responsible for the global creative strategy and business operations for the motion picture group. In this role, she oversees the production, marketing and distribution of film and television content across Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation (DWA), Focus Features, Universal Pictures International and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. She has been with NBCUniversal for over two decades.
Sustainability advocate Michelle Li is the founder of Clever Carbon. Her goal is to make climate literacy ubiquitous and create joyful global communities to accelerate climate solutions, while making sustainability ‘hip and cool’ to appeal to the masses. Michelle is also the founder of Women
& Climate NYC and she previously worked at SalesForce and DocSign.
FOUNDER & CEO Jude
Throughout her professional career, Peony Li has worked across multiple industries from M&A to Startup Investment. She also helped to commercialise a pain-soothing tampon to address period cramps – and more recently – distributed six million pieces of protective equipment to front-line workers during the pandemic. Now, Peony is the founder and CEO of Jude, on a mission to bring bladder care into the mainstream.
PRESIDENT & CEO CVS Health
As president and CEO of CVS Health, Karen is focused on supporting individuals during every meaningful moment of health throughout their lifetime. With a team of more than 300,000 colleagues, Karen has led CVS Health’s strategy to transform health care to be simpler, more convenient and more personalised. Prior to this role, Karen was Director of U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF About Time Magazine
With 10 years of experience in journalism, Angelica knows how to ask thoughtprovoking and insightful questions. She has also facilitated conversations with CEOs and visionaries such as Pippa Murray (CEO of Pip and Nut), political figures such as Cherie Blair MBE and celebrities, including DJ Annie Mac. Angelica is also the two-time bestselling author and a regular commentator on TV and radio on entrepreneurship, start-ups and women in business.
CEO Dallas Mavericks
TOP Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall has the goal of promoting teamwork, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, GPTW nine high trust behaviors, workforce transformation and the value of effective public-private partnerships and good public policy. “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care," she says, “Leadership matters! Character matters! Every voice matters! People matter!”
PRESIDENT & CEO Walmart International
Kiran Mazumdar -Shaw
A pioneer of the biotechnology industry, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a highly respected businesswoman and a first-generation entrepreneur. Kiran is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, Asia’s leading bio-pharmaceuticals enterprise. Under Kiran’s stewardship, Biocon has evolved since its inception in 1978 to become an emerging global biopharmaceutical enterprise committed to reducing therapy costs of chronic conditions like diabetes and cancer.
Judith McKenna is president and CEO of Walmart International where she leads 550,000 associates across 23 countries. Under her leadership, Walmart International is building a business across stores, eCommerce, and where relevant, the intersection of the two, leveraging a unique international perspective to expand access to assortment, innovate in financial services, and strengthen the global supply chain.
Mary Meeker is a general partner at BOND and focuses on investments in high-growth technology companies. Mary co-led Kleiner Perkins Digital Growth Fund, which became BOND in 2019. At Kleiner Perkins, she invested in industry-defining companies such as Peloton, Pinterest and Airbnb, to name a few. Mary continues to co-lead the three Digital Growth Funds totaling US$2.8bn of committed capital.
German engineer Martina Merz is the CEO of thyssenkrupp, and has been named "the most powerful woman in the German economy". She has also held the Chairwoman position of the Supervisory Board of thyssenkrupp since 2019.
Over the course of her career, Martina’s leadership positions have included CEO, Executive Vice President for Sales, and Plant Manager to name a few.
CHAIRMAN GREE, Inc.
In 1990, Dong Mingzhu joined Gree – an air conditioner manufacturer – as a salesperson, and has worked her way up the career ladder to now sit at the helm of the company. Dong has demonstrated other efforts to diversify beyond air conditioners, into areas such as alternative energy vehicles and smartphones. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gree pivoted its manufacturing facilities to produce masks and other pandemic supplies.
Dr. Naike Moshi FOUNDER & CEO Women in Management Africa
Dr. Naike Moshi is a strategic, innovative leader with a proven track record of building and creating successful business products and services. With a strong academic background and experience, creative problem-solving skills, and an innovative mind, Naike has been instrumental in creating an impact within her area of expertise. She is the Country Director of CVPeople Tanzania and founder and CEO of Women in Management Africa (WIMA).
FOUNDER & CEO Nykaa
Falguni Nayar founded Nykaa in 2012 with the vision of building a multi-brand omnichannel beauty-focused retail business. By empowering customer choices and enabling brands to reach the breadth and depth of the country, Nykaa has emerged as India’s leading beauty retailer playing a critical role in developing the beauty market in India. Today, Falguni heads up a team of over 1,600.
Stephanie Owen, MBA
ENTERPRISE PROCUREMENT & DATA INSIGHTS
Over the course of Stephanie Owen’s career, she has led enterprise procurement professionals that engage global supply partners, build and execute sourcing strategies, and maximise commercial value while growing talent for the future. “Many people can deliver results; few can build culture and engage people in the passionate pursuit of goals,” Stephanie says. “As a leader, I purposefully cultivate an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.”
Melanie Perkins CO-FOUNDER & CEO Canva
Julia Pall é
Motorsport enthusiast Julia Pallé oversees all the sustainability actions at the world’s first fully-electric single-seat racing series, ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Through her role as Sustainability Director, Julia is able to support Formula E’s mission to accelerate electric vehicle adoption across the globe, to fight climate change and to offer solutions to air quality issues. Additionally, Julia is president of Sports and Sustainability International (SandSI).
At just 14 years old, Melaine started her first business, selling handmade scarves at markets throughout her home city of Perth, Australia. Now, as CEO and co-founder of Canva, Melaine owns an estimated 18% stake in the company, which was valued by private investors at US$40bn, in September 2021, making her one of the richest women in the world.
Linda Plant CEO Linda Plant Academy
FOUNDER & CEO
Lesbians Who Tech
American entrepreneur Leanne Pittsford is the name behind Lesbians Who Tech and Allies, the largest LGBTQ professional community in the world. Leanne founded Lesbians Who Tech in a bid to create more networking opportunities and increase visibility for lesbians and queer women in the sector. The organisation grew from 30 people at the first happy hour meeting in San Francisco to over 30,000 queer women and allies in 40+ cities.
Building her career from humble beginnings Linda Plant has now come one of Britain’s most recognisable business leaders. After leaving school at 16, Linda progressed from selling fashion on a Leeds market stall to launching an international knitwear brand, Honeysuckle. Linda has since founded the Linda Plant Business Academy, and Homerun Services. She also appears on BBC 1’s show The Apprentice.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES, PEOPLE AND CULTURE Adidas
Amanda Rajkumar joined Adidas in January 2021 as Executive Board Member responsible for Human Resources, People and Culture. Previously, she was Head of Human Resources for BNP Paribas USA, with responsibility for Human Resources for the IHC (Intermediary Holding Company). As part of her management duties, Amanda was a member of the Americas Executive Committee and the Group Human Resources Executive Committee.
Yamini Rangan CEO HubSpot
As a tech industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Yamini Rangan is the President, CEO and Board Member at HubSpot. Prior to joining HubSpot, Yamini served as Chief Customer Officer at Dropbox, where she was responsible for embedding customer focus across the organisation. Before Dropbox, Yamini was VP of Sales Strategy and Operations at Workday, where she helped quadruple revenue and scaled the sales organisation.
SVP, NETWORK ENGINEERING, OPERATIONS & TRANSFORMATION T-Mobile
As an expert Technologist, Edwige Robinson has over 25 years of experience in Fortune 500 organisations and now holds the position of Senior Vice President at T-Mobile. She has an exceptional track record in leading complex technology transformations by moving companies from legacy systems to more agile operations which a focus on OPEX reduction, workforce management, and revenue growth.
SVP TALENT, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
As the SVP Talent, Diversity and Inclusion at Bayer, Beatriz Rodriguez is responsible for owning the company’s talent strategy, and cultivating an inclusive and diverse environment. Beatriz is passionate about building high-performing HR teams that shape business competitiveness and profitability and previously held the position of Vice President of Human Resources Human Capital and Technology at Baker Hughes.
Alison Rose CEO NatWest Group
Alison Rose is the Group CEO of NatWest Group, an organisation she joined as a graduate. In March 2019, Alison was invited by the UK Government to lead a review of the barriers women face when starting a business. She launched The Rose Review which later uncovered that closing the gender gap would contribute £250bn to the UK economy.
LaDavia S. Drane, Esq
HEAD OF GLOBAL INCLUSION, DIVERSITY & EQUITY Amazon Web Services
Global Corporate Executive LaDavia Drane has focused her career on the intersection of diversity and technology, once serving as Amazon’s US Public Policy Head of Diversity and Inclusion, to now serve as Amazon’s Web Service’s Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. LaDavia is also a board member for The Memorial Foundation, COSI – Center of Science and Industry and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Mina Saidze FOUNDER Inclusive Tech
Mina Saidze currently holds the position of Lead Data Analytics and Tech Evangelist at Axel Springer, Europe's leading media and technology company. At the interface between tech and business, Mina turns data into money by identifying use cases and taking a deep dive into data. Mina advises the Board of Axel Springer on Strategy and Innovation as a Youth Council member and holds keynotes and seminars on topics such as Diversity in Tech.
VP, DIGITAL FOR COMMERICAL Moderna
Barbara Salami is the Vice President of Digital for Commercial at Moderna. She is accountable for the strategic vision, implementation and delivery of solutions and capabilties to power Moderna's digital-first ambition as it commercialises globally. Barbara leads a team of digital business partners, several enterprise centers of excellence and agile product delivery teams. She serves as the senior leader for Moderna’s Black Employee Resource Group.
CEO, LATIN AMERICA PepsiCo
With 30 years of experience in global consumer goods in Latin America, Paula Santilli holds the position of CEO of PepsiCo in Latin America. Paula is fully responsible for the foods and beverages businesses in the region across 34 emerging and developing markets. Paula has also co-authored three books on women empowerment and the importance of closing the gender gap in leadership positions.
FOUNDER Girls Who Code
Lifelong activist Reshma Saujani was the first Indian American woman to run for US Congress. She is also the founder of Girls Who Code and the founder and CEO of Marshall Plan for Moms. Reshma has spent more than a decade fighting for women and girls’ economic empowerment, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector and most recently advocating for policies to support moms impacted by the pandemic.
Dominique Senequier is the founder and President of Ardian, a world-leading private investment house. Supported by her teams, she has been instrumental in every phase of the company’s development. She founded the company in 1996 when Claude Bébéar asked her to create a private equity arm for AXA. Dominique also serves as a Vice-President of the Supervisory Board of Hermès, the French luxury goods manufacturer.
Lisa Su PRESIDENT & CEO AMD
Lisa Su became Senior Vice President and General Manager at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in 2012. Two years later, she was appointed as CEO. Since Lisa has been at the helm of AMD, company stocks have soared by more than 25-fold, reaching a staggering $110bn market capitalisation as of early July 2021. Earlier in Lisa’s career, she held positions at IBM and Freescale.
FORMER CEO Gap Inc.
From 2020 to 2022 Sonia Syngal was the CEO of Gap Inc., a portfolio of purpose-led, billion-dollar lifestyle brands including Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta. As CEO, she led the largest specialty apparel company in the US, across all geographies and channels with a team of more than 100,000 employees. Now, Sonia is on the Board of Governors Board of Governors for Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
VP, HUMAN RESOURCES NE & SE ASIA AND GLOBAL LUBRICANTS Shell
As Vice President of Human Resources NE & SE Asia and Global Lubricants at Shell, Chee-Wei Tan is a strategic leader, passionate about talent, and strong in collaboration and capability development. She is an experienced Head of HR with strong strategic business-partnering, talent management, organisational development, transformation, and change management experience at global, regional and country levels. Chee-Wei is also bilingual, with fluent English and Mandarin.
Jackie Thornton is a strong female leader in the charity sector. Her current role has two key strands. One is to work with the professional construction team, funders and key stakeholders to continue to grow the facilities and services at The Nest, Norwich, UK. Secondly, to ensure the sustainability of a £5mn charity whilst having significant impact on the people from the local area.
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER Heineken USA
Maggie Timoney is the first woman to serve as CEO for major American beer company, Heineken USA. Maggie joined the company taking up a national sales planning role, and worked her way up the career ladder to hold the position Managing Director at Heineken Canada. Later, she transitioned to Senior Vice President of HR at Heineken USA, and then to CEO of Heineken Ireland.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Taiwanese entrepreneur and philanthropist Cher Wang is a co-founder and Chairperson of HTC Corporation and integrated chipset maker VIA Technologies. Cher is now known as one of the most successful women in computer technology. HTC and Google announced a US$1.1bn cooperation agreement in 2017, which enabled certain HTC employees to join Google. In return, Google received HTC IP through a non-exclusive licensing agreement.
Feng Ying Wang
Great Wall Motor Company Ltd
Great Wall Motor Company Limited is China’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturer, in which Feng Ying Wang has played a pivotal role in the company’s success. In 2003, the company was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2013 – by 2014, assets had amounted to ¥54.305bn. Now, Great Wall Motors owns two brands, Haval and Great Wall, which covers three categories: SUV, passenger car and pickup.
CHAIR, CEO & PRESIDENT Northrop Grumman
Kathy Warden is Chair, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation. Prior to becoming CEO and President, Warden served as President and COO where she was responsible for the operational management of the company’s four operating sectors as well as its enterprise services organisation. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Kathy held leadership roles at General Dynamics and the Veridian Corporation.
Joey Wat CEO Yum China
Joey Wat is the CEO of Yum China Holdings, Inc. Joey joined Yum! Restaurants China in September 2014 as President of KFC China and since then, has served as Chief Executive Officer of KFC China, Chief Operating Officer of Yum China and since March 2018 as Chief Executive Officer of Yum China. Joey has been a member of Yum China’s board of directors since July 2017.
Whitney Wolfe Herd
FOUNDER & CEO Bumble
CO-FOUNDER & CEO 23andMe
As the former Vice President of Marketing for Tinder, Whitney Wolfe Herd saw many smart women around her, waiting for men to ask them out. So, she flipped the concept on its head and founded Bumble. Bumble now has a community of over 100mn users across six continents and has celebrated 1.5bn female first moves. She has also been named the world’s youngest, female, self-made billionaire.
American entrepreneur Anne Wojcicki co-founded and serves as CEO of the personal genomics company 23andMe. After founding the company alongside Linda Avey and Paul Cusenza in 2006, Anne has helped provide the general public with access to their genetic information. The Food and Drug Administration gave approval to 23andMe's health-related tests, including risk from cystic fibrosis, certain cancers, and, Alzheimer's to name a few in 2015.
In January 2014, Catherine Wood founded US$60bn (assets) ARK Investment Management, which invests in innovations, such as genomics and self-driving cars. Drawing on her 40 years of experience, her focus for ARK is primarily on disruptive innovation and adding new dimensions to research. Over the past five years, US$23bn (assets) Ark Innovation Fund has returned an average of nearly 45% annually.
Debbie Wosskow, OBE
Four years ago, Debbie Wosskow co-founded AllBright, a career network for women, focused on creating connections through digital and physical spaces. Debbie is also a Board Member of The Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board, The Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship. In 2019, Debbie co-authored ‘Believe, Build, Become – How to Supercharge your Career’.