Being named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Woman List doesn’t mean you get to stay there—and in 2014, that was more true than ever. In the three months since we published the list, eight of the 50 women on our MPW list either lost their jobs, received new ones, or saw their responsibilities change substantially. If this pace continues, our list will look radically different in 2015. Below, a breakdown of who went where in the last months of 2014:
In October, Hewlett-Packard (HP) CEO Whitman (No. 6 on the MPW list) announced that she would split her company into two pieces—one to house the laptop, computer and printer business, another to serve large corporate customers. Whitman will stay on as CEO of the enterprise group—losing control of roughly half the $112.2 billion in 2013 revenues—and as chairman of the hardware group.
Shortly after moving $90 billion agricultural powerhouse Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM) to Chicago from Decatur, Woertz (No. 8 on the MPW list) announced that she would retire from the CEO position in January 2015 after nearly nine years at ADM’s helm. She’ll continue on as Chairman until 2016, but unless she takes on another CEO role, she won’t appear on next year’s MPW list.
Johnson, the daughter of Fidelity CEO Ned Johnson, was believed a lock for the CEO role when she was promoted to President in 2012. But it took until October to make it a reality. The introverted, press-shy Johnson (No. 9 on the MPW list) is now one of the most powerful people in finance, with some $4.62 trillion in assets under management, and is pushing to involve more women and millennials in financial decision-making.
Catz, the longtime CFO of Oracle (ORCL), oversaw many of the company’s most significant acquisitions. So when founder and CEO Larry Oracle announced that he would focus his efforts on product development as the CTO, it wasn’t surprising that Catz’s name came up as a replacement. But the job isn’t only hers: she shares it with Mark Hurd (the two previously shared a president title).
In late October, we learned that Healey (No. 18 on the MPW list) would be leaving her job as head of Procter & Gamble’s (PG) $32.1 billion North America unit to try something new. It was her choice—though that choice happened when it became clear that she was no longer in the running to replace CEO A.G. Lafley. What’s next? A book, a startup, or something else? She’s taking some time to figure it out, she told Fortune.
When United Healthcare (UNH) announced its new four-person Office of the CEO in November, Boudreaux (No. 25 on the MPW list), to the surprise of many, was not on that list. Having overseen dramatic growth at United Healthcare’s subsidiary UnitedHealth Group, many thought she had a chance at the top slot. She didn’t. So now, she’s looking to run another, equally influential company.
After a lousy couple of years for Wal-Mart’s (WMT) U.S. division—where Ruiz (No. 28 on the MPW list) became COO in 2012—heads rolled in 2014, starting with Ruiz’s boss Bill Simon. In December, yet another reorg pushed Ruiz into a non-operating role at Wal-Mart International. She’s now the EVP of Wal-Mart’s International People Division. It appears to be a demotion; we’ll see if Ruiz can get her mojo back.
Previously a fast-rising star at PepsiCo (PEP), where she ran the North American Nutrition business, Crew (No. 44 on the MPW list) bolted in September for a promotion to president of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. The former military intelligence officer will help to recast the tobacco business under another MPW, No. 36 Susan Cameron, who is CEO and President of Reynolds American (RAI), the parent company.