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Women CEOs of FORTUNE 500 Companies in 2009


The following list includes all women who served as CEOs of FORTUNE 500 Companies at some point in time during 2009. As of May 2009, 15 FORTUNE 500 companies were run by women, and a total of 28 FORTUNE 1000 companies had women CEOs. In 2008, 12 FORTUNE 500 and 24 FORTUNE 1000 companies were run by women.

The powerhouse women CEOs of 2009 were (in alphabetical order):

  1. Brenda C. Barnes, Sara Lee Corporation
  2. Carol Bartz, Yahoo! Inc.
  3. Angela F. Braly, WellPoint, Inc.
  4. Ursula M. Burns, Xerox Corporation
  5. Catherine M. Burzik, Kinetic Concepts
  6. Christina A. Gold, Western Union Holdings, Inc.
  7. Ilene Gordon, Corn Products International
  8. Mindy F. Grossman, HSN
  9. Susan M. Ivey, Reynolds American, Inc.
  10. Andrea Jung, Avon Products, Inc.
  11. Katherine Krill, Ann Taylor Stores
  12. Ellen J. Kullman, DuPont
  13. Linda A. Lang, Jack in the Box
  14. Constance H. Lau, Hawaiian Electric Industries
  15. Tamara L. Lundgren, Schnitzer Steel Industries
  16. Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, Sunoco
  17. Carol M. Meyrowitz, The TJX Companies, Inc.
  18. Anne M. Mulcahy, Xerox
  19. Indra K. Nooyi, PepsiCo, Inc.
  20. Janet L. Robinson, New York Times
  21. Irene B. Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods Inc.
  22. Mary F. Sammons, Rite Aid Corporation
  23. Laura Sen, BJ's Wholesale Club
  24. Anne L. Stevens, Carpenter Technology
  25. Cindy B. Taylor, Oil States International
  26. Mary Agnes Wilderotter, Frontier Communications
  27. Patricia A. Woertz, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
  28. Dona D. Young, Phoenix

How Data Was Compiled: The number of female CEOs during 2009 was published more than once. The reflects all female CEOs running FORTUNE 500 companies during any time in 2009. Because CEOs leave, and the FORTUNE 500 company list is dynamic, changes in numbers can occur depending upon when female CEOs were counted during the year. The year-end figure for the number of women CEOs at FORTUNE 500 companies should be counted as 15 total.

Source: Compiled from multiple lists published on CNNMoney.com

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