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Worlds best female CEO’s in tech industry

2018 technology industry trends

In an age of digital disruption, technology companies face increasing pressure to improve time to market and ensure their offerings are best in class.

“Buy, build, partner” models and M&A strategies can help companies gain a competitive edge in growth areas like cloud, cognitive computing, and data analytics.

In Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Industry Outlook, Paul Sallomi, US and global technology sector leader, examines current technology industry trends and answers three key questions:

  1. Where do you see opportunities for growth in 2018?
  2. Which strategies are tech companies using to facilitate growth?
  3. What should businesses be mindful of as they plan for growth?

Marillyn Hewson

President Trump has called Lockheed’s F-35 fighter-jet program too expensive, the Commander-in-Chief remains an invaluable—if fickle—ally for the company, which counts the U.S. government as its biggest customer.

Lockheed’s stock price has risen some 26% over the past year, handily beating the S&P, while revenue jumped 17% in 2016.

Sheryl Sandberg

Her book about grief and the loss of her husband, Option B, topped the bestseller list this spring.

 While Facebook and its Internet peers grappled with how to handle fake news and online hate groups, the fiery political environment pushed Sandberg to speak up more frequently about issues important to her, including women’s health and immigration reform.

 Safra Catz

 In her spare time she oversees a $3.5 billion company investment in STEM initiatives and was on President Trump’s transition team. Catz also spearheaded the 2016 $9.3 billion acquisition of NetSuite, the largest deal in Oracle’s history.The division, Oracle’s ­fastest-growing, brought in $4.6 billion in the company’s last fiscal year, up 60% from the one prior.

Phebe Novakovic

Novakovic’s push to expand cyber security capabilities has been a boon, helping GD land new contracts and record operating earnings and margins last year.

Novakovic now runs a government contractor a third more valuable than it was a year ago, sales fell slightly in 2016 as defense spending shifted toward aircraft and weapons systems and away from the boots-on-the-ground technology in which the company specializes.

Meg Whitman

five years since unveiling her plan to rescue HP, Whitman—who was a finalist for the Uber CEO job—is now under pressure to deliver on the promised results,  which specializes in servers and networking systems, are still decreasing, even as its profits have started growing again.

 two years after cleaving HP in half in the biggest split by revenue in corporate history, Whitman has continued trimming divisions off the piece she still runs.

Ursula Burns

 Burns is the first women to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company and is rated by Forbes as 22nd most powerful women in the world.

 She then went on to become executive assistant, assistant to the chairman, vice president and senior vice president before she was named CEO in 2010.Burns graduated from New York University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and then on to obtain a masters.

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Hood was then announced as the company’s CFO in 2013. She is currently number 51 in the Forbes world’s 100 most powerful women.

Hood started her career with Goldman Sachs in investment banking and capital market group’s roles. Hood graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and then obtained an MBA from Harvard University.

Angela Ahrendts

She then went on to join Apple in 2014 as senior vice president for retail and online stores and is the only female senior executive at Apple.

Ahrendts studied merchandising and marketing at Ball State University in 2010 and then moved to New York to work in the fashion industry. She worked for brands such as Warnaco, Donna Karan and Henri Bendel and then joined Burberry in 2006 as CEO.

Susan Wojcicki

The huge success of Susan Wojcicki shows how influential women in tech can be for the world’s biggest companies.

She handled two of Google’s largest acquisitions- the $1.65 billion purchase of YouTube and the $3.6 billion purchase of DoubleClick and then became CEO of YouTube in 2014. Wojcicki became Google’s first marketing manager in 1999 and then became senior vice president of Advertising and Commerce. After overseeing Google Video, she proposed that Google should buy YouTube.

Wojcicki grew up on the Stanford University campus as her father was a professor there.

Ginni Rometty

In 2011 it was announced that she was to become the company’s next president and CEO. In 2012 she then also became chairman of IBM.

she championed the purchase of the big business consulting firm- PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting, as well as becoming senior vice president for sales, marketing and strategy.

 In 1979 she went to work for General Motors Institute and then in 1981 went on to join IBM as a systems engineer.

 

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