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Meet Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International: The Broadsheet

September 24, 2019, 11:26 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The big-box expertise Roz Brewer gained at Walmart is factoring into her role as COO of Starbucks, Iran says women will now be allowed to enter soccer stadiums, and we meet the Most Powerful Women International. Have a powerful Tuesday. 


- Meet Fortune's Most Powerful Women International. Following yesterday's announcement of Fortune's 2019 MPW list, we've got another one out today. The Most Powerful Women International ranking celebrates female business leaders who are based outside the U.S. The women who captured slots on this year’s list hail from 19 countries and every continent but Antarctica.

At the top is Ana Botín, who oversees Banco Santander, the $90.5 billion banking juggernaut, as chair. She's followed by GlaxoSmithKline CEO Emma Walmsley at No. 2 and Gree Electric Appliances Chairwoman and President Dong Mingzhu at No. 3

That trio is returning to the list, but a full third of this year's honorees are newcomers, recently appointed to top jobs at multinational firms—Ping An’s Jessica Tan, Solvay’s Ilham Kadri, and Puma Energy’s Emma FitzGerald—or promoted to high-profile roles at global giants—Petrobras CFO Andrea Marques de Almeida, Air France CEO Anne Rigail, and Uniqlo Japan CEO Maki Akaida.

Many represent industries in which we have rarely seen women at the top—from chemicals to oil and gas to metal manufacturing. And while they’re early into their new, more powerful roles and largely untested, it's significant that they’re in a position to make a difference. 

In addition to our International list, we have two more MPW-focused features publishing this morning—one on Starbucks COO Roz Brewer and another on Old Navy CEO Sonia Syngal. Read on to learn more about their stories and how they're implementing change at their respective chains.

Claire Zillman


- Lights, camera, action. Our Most Powerful Women in Business list this year features an incredible assortment of video interviews with more than 20 executives. Watch Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson (No.1), Accenture CEO Julie Sweet (No. 9), IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (No. 4) and a host of others share personal stories from their careers and talk about how they made it to the top. Fortune

- Ones to watch. Along with the U.S. Most Powerful Women list, we have 10 women to watch—the ones who might end up on the MPW list next year. They include AT&T Business CEO Anne Chow, newly-installed Rite Aid CEO Heyward Donigan, NBCU's Bonnie Hammer, and Old Navy CEO Sonia Syngal. Fortune

- The new admiral. Speaking of Sonia Syngal, Phil Wahba's Fortune feature on the executive is a must-read. Old Navy is set to spin off from Gap Inc., which will put Syngal at the helm of an $8 billion company in its own right. She'll be facing rough waters. Fortune

- The secret Brew. Fortune's Beth Kowitt tells us how Starbucks COO Roz Brewer's big-box expertise from years at Walmart is bringing discipline and coordination—or "pour-over-level focus"—to the coffee chain's stores. She joined Starbucks at a perilous moment that went far beyond slowing sales—remember the outrage over the manager who called the police on two black men in one of its Philadelphia stores?—and has been a key player in setting the company back on the right track. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Biden Cancer Initiative president Dr. Danielle Carnival joins I AM ALS as CEO. Iman is now global advocate for CARE. Goldman Sachs promoted global head of internet investment banking Kim Posnett to an additional role as co-COO of its global TMT banking unit alongside Jung Min, and it elevated global head of semiconductor investment banking Tammy Kiely to the additional role of co-head of global technology investment banking with Ryan Limaye. 


- Listen up. After filing a complaint against five countries with 15 other young people through the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child over the climate crisis, Greta Thunberg gave a powerful, angry speech in front of world leaders at the UN. "I should be in school on the other side of the ocean," she told the adults in the room. "You have stolen my dreams and childhood with your empty words." Fortune

- Equal Pay Day. Yesterday was Native American Women's Equal Pay Day, the day in 2019 that Native American women had to work until to earn what white men did in 2018 thanks to taking home 58 cents on their dollar. Rep. Deb Haaland writes about the unique problems facing Native women and how to close the gap. CNBC 

- Let them in. Iran has "assured" FIFA that women will be allowed to attend soccer matches in the country, starting with a World Cup qualifier in October. The ban on women entering the stadiums, a longtime source of protest, gained new attention after a female fan set herself on fire after hearing her likely sentence for sneaking into a match. CNN

- Know her name. Know My Name, the book by Chanel Miller, formerly known as Emily Doe in the Brock Turner sexual assault case, is out today. Miller gave a powerful interview on 60 Minutes and again talked to the New York Times. One incredible tidbit: she told a therapist she had been sexually assaulted, and the therapist, unaware Miller was the victim in the Stanford case, urged her to read her own viral statement. 

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