08 Aug 2018
10 Powerful Women in Tech 2018
Women have long been and still, unfortunately, are a minority in the tech world. Only 24% of computer science jobs are held by women at this point, which is actually a drop from 1995, where it was 37%. But, there are plenty of powerful women who are continuing to break the glass ceiling to prove that girls just want to have a fundamental role in the technology industry – and they can!
There has also been much controversy in the tech world after the release of the outrightly sexist manifesto which was penned by ex-Google employee, James Damore, which states that women were biologically inferior. Damore was rightfully fired for such a statement.
Nevertheless, we bring you a list of women who are dominating the tech industry at the moment, despite their gender being under-represented. These are in no particular order of awesomeness!
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO
Sheryl Sandberg’s position at Facebook as the COO has earnt her 4th place in Forbes’ ‘World’s Most Powerful Women’. Her current network is nothing south of a whopping $1.6 billion.
She became the first female on the board in 2012 after joining Facebook after a move from the super-power that is Google in 2007.
Not only has she been successful in growing Facebook as a brand, she has been about to promote initiatives in order to address the gender gap which can be found so prominently in the tech industry. She is also on the board of Women for Women International.
Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO
Ginni Rometty is a powerful woman indeed as the CEO of IBM, a position which she has held for 4 years. Rometty was tasked with reversing the fortunes of the tech giant, which has seen routine declines, quarter after quarter.
After her appointment as CEO, IBM saw that investments in data analytics and cloud computing have led to customer wins. Ginni did a great job of refocussing the business, resulting in growth and prosperity.
Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO
Another CEO on the list! Susan Wojcicki heads up YouTube – one of the most powerful search engines and media websites to currently exist. As you may or may not know, YouTube was bought by Google and Susan has been part of the Google team since the very early days. Along with Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the three of them set up an office in her garage. Fast forward to now and her current net worth is $410 million
Lucy Peng, AliPay CEO
Lucy Peng is one of the founding members of the online business giant which is the Alibaba Group and is tasked with being the human resources manager at the firm.
Previously, she served as CEO of AliPay and now she heads up the Ant Financial Services business. At present, her net worth is a very impressive $1.1 billion.
Amy Hood, Microsoft CFO
Amy Hood was appointed the chief financial officer of Microsoft in 2013, after she initially joined the company in 2002. She is also chief of staff at Microsoft and heads up the strategy and business development team.
Belinda Johnson, CBA at Airbnb
Belinda Johnson acts as chief of business affairs and legal officer at the company Airbnb, which has taken off recently in becoming increasingly popular. Johnson joined the company as general counsel in 2011, back when Airbnb only operated in the US. However, after much success, Airbnb now operates in over 190 countries.
Meg Whitman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, CEO
The former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE), Meg Whitman has since stepped down from this role.
Before Whitman joined HPE, she was responsible for turning the online super-power eBay into a multibillion-dollar business. This has resulted in her net worth being placed at $3 billion.
Angela Ahrendts, SVP for retail at Apple
Angela Ahrendts is the SVP for retail at Apple and was formally the CEO for Burberry. She is responsible for both online sales and channels and bricks and mortar shops at what is now the world’s largest company, becoming the first company to become worth one trillion dollars. She is one of the most powerful women in the world but is also the only women on the company’s executive board. Her present net worth is $150 million.
Safra Catz, Oracle co-CEO
Safra Catz took up the role of co-CEO at Oracle towards the end of 2014 when the founder Larry Ellison stepped aside to fulfil the role as CTO. Her role includes sharing responsibility for leading strategy alongside former HP CEO Mark Hurd.
Zhou Qunfei, Lens Technology CEO
Zhou Qunfei’s current net worth is a whopping $11.4 billion. How? She is the founder and CEO of the world’s leading major touchscreen maker Lens Technology.
Zhou is the richest women in China as of 2015 and has frequently been recognised as one of the world’s richest self-made women.