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Introducing the 2021 Most Powerful Women International list

October 06, 2021 00:00 AM UTC
- Updated October 06, 2021 13:37 PM UTC

These are the most important women in global business.

fortune's most powerful women international is our yearly ranking of the world's top female business executives outside of the US. The most powerful women international list is something we've done for many years and it looks at women leading business that are based anywhere outside of the U. S. Number one this year. On the most powerful women international list is Emma Walmsley. She's the Ceo of GSK or GlaxoSmithKline, the british pharmaceutical company. She is a repeat from last year. But this year, Walmsley is facing her biggest test yet, pressure from activist hedge fund Elliott management to step down. She has the backing of her board and other major shareholders, though boldly looks to develop GSK into a drug and vaccine making powerhouse. Three newcomers this year by actually based in Asia Helen Wong became Singapore's first female bank Ceo, this january when she was appointed group Ceo of OcBc Bank, Christina Jew became Ceo of Walmart China last may and to lead the retail giant's 11 billion and growing China business. Diva pedal car Ceo of Hdfc life, one of India's largest life insurance companies is also a newcomer this year. One trend we've seen among the women on the list, which has been interesting is that a number of them are brought in to really crisis situations that companies and the Wamsley took over an underperforming GlaxoSmithKline martina Merz Who is in the top 10 of this year's list is the Ceo of Justin corrupt. He's trying to sew off parts of the business and make it profitable again. The Ceo of AviVA, which is a huge insurance company based in the UK, is doing the same. So often times, these women are brought into kind of clean up a business that's been left in really bad shape. It's very important to have an international list so that we can showcase women leading global companies and doing great things outside of the US. Many countries are actually behind the US in terms of women's leaders. So I think it's important to spotlight the women leaders that are around the world and inspire the next generation of speakers.