7. Ursula Burns
Chairman and CEO, Xerox
“Burns continues to edge the copier maker into the services business. Last year Xerox acquired six outsourcing companies, including XL World, an Italian customer-care concern. The deal expands Xerox’s presence in Europe — and increases its exposure to the troubled region.” – FORTUNE
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13. Rosalind Brewer
President and CEO, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Stores
“Brewer, who began as a scientist at Kimberly-Clark, became CEO of Wal-Mart’s warehouse club (fiscal 2012 revenue: $54 billion) in February after a stint as head of Wal-Mart’s eastern division. It is a big promotion: She heads one of only three operating segments, and she reports directly to CEO Mike Duke.” – FORTUNE
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34. Linda Gooden
EVP, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Lockheed Martin
“Lockheed’s information technology unit, which counts the FAA and Department of Energy as clients, saw 2011 sales drop as work associated with the U.S. Census ended. Her business is bigger in terms of sales than fellow EVP Maguire’s, but Gooden’s operating margin is lower.” – FORTUNE
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50. Oprah Winfrey
Chariman, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, OWN
Chairman, Harpo OWN
“Winfrey remains one of media’s most influential women, but she’s lost her Midas touch: June newsstand sales of O, the Oprah Magazine fell 17.9%, and OWN, a joint venture between Harpo and Discovery Communications, is struggling. It canceled The Rosie Show in March after low ratings. She’ll need to turn OWN around to move back up the list — and show she can still spin gold.” – FORTUNE
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FORTUNE magazine has released its annual 50 most powerful women in business, and four African-American women made the list.
On its website, FORTUNE says, “This year’s Most Powerful Women are shaping the future of technology, defense and media — and overseeing more than $1 trillion in revenue.”
Chairman and CEO of Xerox Ursula Burns ranked high on the list at number 7, followed by president and CEO of Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Stores Rosalind Brewer at number 13. EVP of Information Systems and Global Solutions at Lockheed Martin Linda Gooden ranked number 34. And Oprah Winfrey, Chairman, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of OWN came in at number 50.
All four women were on the 2011 list. Burns and Brewer moved up on the list, while Gooden and Winfrey were ranked lower than last year.
Click through the slideshow to learn more about these powerful women.
To see the full list, click here.
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