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The Power List: America’s 50 Most Powerful Women In Business For 2016

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General Motors boss Mary Barra has been named as the most powerful woman in business for 2016, according to the Fortune magazine, a Time, Inc. publication. Among the many reasons, GM boss claimed the No. 1 spot on the list, which included 51 women in all, after she led the auto giant to record-breaking profits in 2015 of $9.7 billion after dealing with ignition switch recalls in 2014.

The rest of the Top five: PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi earning second place, Lockheed Martin’s chairman and CEO Marillyn Hewson (3rd), Ginni Rometty of IBM (4th), and Abigail Johnson, president and CEO of Fidelity Investments at the 5th place.

Rounding out the top ten are Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg (6th); HP’s Meg Whitman (7th); Phebe Novakovic (8th); Irene Rosenfeld (9th); and Safra Catz at 10th place.

The latest list comprises 22 female chief executives in charge of companies valued at more than $1.1 trillion in market capitalization. The 2016 list has 9 brand-new faces and one return. It includes heiresses and self-starters, CEOs and SVPs, corporate executives, and tech tycoons.

Meet the 9 Newcomers to the 2016 Most Powerful Women In Business List:

No. 18: Tricia Griffith – CEO and president of Progressive
No. 26: Karen Lynch – President at Aetna
No. 31: Amy Hood – CFO at Microsoft

No. 32: Vicki Hollub – CEO and President at Occidental Petroleum
No. 39: Julie Sweet – Group chief executive of Accenture North America
No. 40: Marni Walden –  EVP and president for Product Innovation and New Business at Verizon

No. 43: Mary Mack – Head of Community Banking at Wells Fargo
No. 45: Jennifer Taubert – Group chairman of Johnson & Johnson
No. 50: Anne Finucane – Vice chairman at Bank of America

This Year’s Most Powerful Women In Business List Drop-Offs:

10 women fell off our 2016 most powerful women in business list, including 7 CEOs.

1. Ellen Kullman, CEO and Chairman, Dupont
2. Carol Meyrowitz, CEO and Chairman, TJX Companies
3. Marissa Mayer, CEO and President, Yahoo
4. Carrie Tolstedt, Senior EVP, Community Banking, Wells Fargo
5. Michelle Gloeckler, EVP, Consumables and Health and Wellness, U.S. Manufacturing Lead, Walmart U.S., Walmart
6. Kathleen Kennedy, President, Lucasfilm, Disney
7. Ilene Gordon, CEO, Chairman, and President Ingredion
8. Kim Lubel, CEO, Chairman, and President, CST Brands
9. Beth Mooney, CEO and Chairman, KeyCorp
10. Sheri McCoy, CEO, Avon Products

The full 2016 list of the most powerful women in business.

1. Mary Barra, CEO and Chairman at GM
2. Indra Nooyi, CEO and Chairman, PepsiCo
3. Marillyn Hewson, CEO, Chairman, and President at Lockheed Martin
4. Ginni Rometty, CEO, Chairman, and President at IBM
5. Abigail Johnson, CEO and President at Fidelity Investments

6. Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook
7. Meg Whitman, CEO and President at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
8. Phebe Novakovic, CEO and Chairman at General Dynamics
9. Irene Rosenfeld, CEO and Chairman at Mondelez International
10. Safra Catz, Co-CEO at Oracle

11. Lynn Good, CEO, Chairman, and President at Duke Energy
12. Helena Foulkes, President of CVS/pharmacy, EVP of CVS Health at CVS Health
13. Ruth Porat, CFO, Google and Alphabet
14. Angela Ahrendts, SVP, Retail and Online Stores at Apple Inc
15. Cathy Engelbert, CEO at Deloitte LLP

16. Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube (Google)
17. Pam Nicholson, CEO and President at Enterprise Holdings
18. Tricia Griffith, CEO and President at Progressive
19. Rosalind Brewer, CEO and President, Sam’s Club at Walmart
20. Ann-Marie Campbell, EVP, U.S. stores at Home Depot

21. Susan Cameron, CEO and President at Reynolds American
22. Debra Reed, CEO and Chairman at Sempra Energy
23. Heather Bresch, CEO at Mylan
24. Denise Morrison, CEO and President at Campbell Soup
25. Ursula Burns, CEO and Chairman at Xerox

26. Karen Lynch, President at Aetna
27. Sandra (Sandi) Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman at Johnson & Johnson
28. Marianne Lake, CFO at JP Morgan Chase
29. Margaret Keane, CEO and President at Synchrony Financial
30. Mary Erdoes, CEO, JPM Asset Management  at JPMorgan Chase

31. Amy Hood, CFO and EVP at Microsoft
32. Vicki Hollub, CEO and President at Occidental Petroleum
33. Judith McKenna, EVP and COO, Walmart U.S. at Walmart
34. Barbara Rentler, CEO at Ross Stores
35. Kathleen Murphy, President, Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments

36. Lynne Doughtie, CEO and Chairman at KPMG U.S.
37. Carolyn Tastad, Group President North America at Procter & Gamble
38. Bridget Van Kralingen, SVP, Industry Platforms at IBM
39. Julie Sweet, Group CEO North America at Accenture
40. Marni Walden, EVP/President, Product Innovation and New Businesses at Verizon Communications

41. Crystal Hanlon, President, Northern Division at Home Depot
42. Shari Ballard, Senior EVP and President, U.S. Retail at Best Buy
43. Mary Mack, Senior EVP and Head of Community Banking at Wells Fargo
44. Diane Bryant, EVP and GM, Data Center Group at Intel
45. Jennifer Taubert, Company Group Chairman at Johnson & Johnson

46. Jane Fraser, CEO, Latin America at Citigroup
47. Debra Crew, COO/President, R.J. Reynolds at Reynolds American
48. Beth Comstock, Vice Chair at General Electric
49. Bonnie Hammer, Chair, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group at Comcast
50. Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman at Bank of America
51. Beyoncé, Singer

>> You can also, read CEOWORLD magazine’s list of “Most Powerful Women In The World, 2016.”

Who runs the world? Beyoncé: Music megastar Beyoncé Knowles, also known as “The Queen B” was ranked at the 51st place as the bonus pick.

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