These Are the Women CEOs Leading Fortune 500 Companies

Jun 07, 2017

Female CEOs in the Fortune 500 aren't quite the norm yet, but they have been making strides.

As of 2017, there are 32 female CEOs on the list, meaning that 6.4% of the U.S.'s biggest companies (by revenue) are run by women. This is the highest proportion of female CEOs in the 63-year history of the Fortune 500.

The women run a diverse range of companies—from consumer goods behemoths like PepsiCo to defense contractors like Lockheed Martin—but they are, predominantly, white. At the moment, just two names on the list are women of color: Geisha Williams of PG&E Corporation (pcg) and Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo (pep). None are African American.

1. Mary Barra

General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra News ConferenceMary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Photograph by Jeff Kowalsky—Bloomberg via Getty Images 

Company: General Motors

Fortune 500 Rank: 8

2. Ginni Rometty

Fortune Magazine Hosts "The Most Powerful Women" Summit In WashingtonGinni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM speaks during a Fortune summit. Photograph by Mark Wilson—Getty Images 

Company: IBM

Fortune 500 Rank: 32

3. Indra Nooyi

Key Speakers At The New York Times DealBook ConferenceIndra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, speaks during the New York Times DealBook conference in 2016. Bloomberg via Getty Images 

Company: PepsiCo

Fortune 500 Rank: 44

4. Marillyn Hewson

Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2015Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Lockheed Martin Photograph by Danuta Otfinowski — Fortune Most Powerful Women 

Company: Lockheed Martin

Fortune 500 Rank: 56

5. Meg Whitman

Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman Rings NYSE Opening BellMeg Whitman, CEO of HPE Andrew Burton Getty Images 

Company: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Fortune 500 Rank: 59

*Not on 2016 list*

6. Safra Catz

Oracle OpenWorld ConferenceSafra Catz of Oracle Photograph by Bloomberg Bloomberg via Getty Images 

Company: Oracle

Fortune 500 Rank: 81

7. Phebe Novakovic

US-ECONOMY-FINANCE-GENERAL DYNAMICSPhebe Novakovic, Chairman and CEO of General Dynamics, speaks during a meeting of the Economic Club of Washington in 2016. Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images 

Company: General Dynamics

Fortune 500 Rank: 90

8. Irene Rosenfeld

Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2015Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, at a Fortune MPW summit Photograph by Danuta Otfinowski — Fortune Most Powerful Women 

Company: Mondelez International

Fortune 500 Rank: 109

9. Tricia Griffith

Courtesy of Progressive 

Company: Progressive

Fortune 500 Rank: 120

*Not on 2016 list*

10. Lynn Good

Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2015Lynn Good, President, CEO, Vice Chair of the Board, Duke Energy, at a Fortune MPW summit. Photograph by Stuart Isett — Fortune Most Powerful Women 

Company: Duke Energy

Fortune 500 Rank: 121

11. Shira Goodman

Courtesy of Staples 

Company: Staples

Fortune 500 Rank: 140

*Not on 2016 list*

12. Geisha Williams

"National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress" In Las VegasGeisha Williams, President of Electric Operations at PG&E, speaks during a panel discussion at the National Clean Energy Summit in 2015. Isaac Brekken— Getty Images for National Clean 

Company: PG&E Corp.

Fortune 500 Rank: 157

*Not on 2016 list*

13. Margaret Keane

Courtesy of Synchrony Financial 

Company: Synchrony Financial

Fortune 500 Rank: 185

*Not on 2016 list*

14. Deanna Mulligan

Guardian Insurance CEO Deanna Mulligan. NYC first ladyGuardian Insurance CEO Deanna Mulligan, center, and NYC first lady Chirlane McCray during a press conference. Pacific Press LightRocket via Getty Images 

Company: Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Fortune 500 Rank: 218

15. Barbara Rentler

Company: Ross Stores

Fortune 500 Rank: 219

16. Debra Crew

Kris Lou Photography 

Company: Reynolds American

Fortune 500 Rank: 223

*Not on 2016 list*

17. Anna Manning

Company: Reinsurance Group of America

Fortune 500 Rank: 246

*Not on 2016 list*

18. Vicki Hollub

Key Speakers At The 2017 CERAWeek ConferenceVicki Hollub, president and chief executive officer of Occidental Petroleum, in 2017. Bloomberg via Getty Images 

Company: Occidental Petroleum

Fortune 500 Rank: 278

19. Debra Reed

Eric Myer 

Company: Sempra Energy

Fortune 500 Rank: 280

20. Kathryn Marinello

Marinello Thrivent Financial 2015 BofD

Company: Hertz Global Holdings

Fortune 500 Rank: 296

*Not on 2016 list*

21. Kim Lubel

Baylor Magazine - Meritorious Achievement Award winner (MAA) Ð Ð CEO of CST Brands, INC. - Medal of Service for Contributions to the Professions (Business Leadership) - portrait Ð 07/27/2016Kimberly Lubel Photo courtesy of Baylor University Marketing and Communications 

Company: CST Brands

Fortune 500 Rank: 306

22. Mary Laschinger

Veritiv Corp. Chief Executive Officer Mary Laschinger InterviewMary Laschinger, chief executive officer of Veritiv, during a Bloomberg Television interview in 2016 Bloomberg via Getty Images 

Company: Veritiv

Fortune 500 Rank: 331

23. Denise Morrison

Denise Morrison, President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly HillsDenise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company Lucy Nicholson REUTERS 

Company: Campbell Soup

Fortune 500: 339

24. Michele Buck

Courtesy of The Hershey Company & Roel Smart—Getty Images 

Company: Hershey

Fortune 500 Rank: 369

*Not on 2016 list*

25. Patricia Poppe

Courtesy of CMS Energy 

Company: CMS Energy

Fortune 500 Rank: 419

*Not on 2016 list*

26. Kathy Mazzarella

Company: Graybar Electric

Fortune 500 Rank: 420

27. Sheri McCoy

Avon Products Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sherilyn McCoy InterviewSherilyn McCoy, chief executive officer of Avon Products, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in 2015. Michael Nagle—Bloomberg via Getty Images 

Company: Avon Products

Fortune 500 Rank: 444

28. Ilene Gordon

Ilene Gordon, Chairman, President, and CEO of Ingredion, participates in a panel discussion at the 2015 Fortune Global Forum in San FranciscoIlene Gordon, Chairman, President, and CEO of Ingredion, participates in a panel discussion at the 2015 Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco. Elijah Nouvelage—REUTERS 

Company: Ingredion

Fortune 500 Rank: 456

29. Margo Georgiadis

Courtesy of Mattel 

Company: Mattel

Fortune 500 Rank: 474

*Not on 2016 list*

30. Beth Mooney

Keycorp CEO Beth Mooney InterviewBeth Mooney, chief executive officer of KeyCorp Scott Eells—Bloomberg via Getty Images 

Company: KeyCorp

Fortune 500 Rank: 479

*Not on 2016 list*

31. Jacqueline Hinman

Fortune Global Forum 2015Jacqueline Hinman, CEO of CH2M speaks at the Fortune Global Forum in 2015 Stuart Isett for Fortune Global Forum 

Company: CH2M Hill

Fortune 500 Rank: 494

32. Marissa Mayer

2016 Advertising Week New York - Yahoo DinnerMarissa Mayer during an Advertising Week event in 2016. J. Countess 2016 

Company: Yahoo

Fortune 500 Rank: 498

*Not on 2016 list*

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