The top 5 Women in the tech industry, according to Forbes

In the tech world, it seems that the higher up the managerial hierarchy one goes, the more male-dominated the setting becomes. In fact, a study showed that in Silicon Valley companies, there were only 11% of women in executive positions as at 2014 (Fenwick.com, 2014). In spite of this, there are quite a number of women who have defied all odds to break through the glass ceiling, and provide new leadership perspective to these industries. DiscovHer brings you the top 5 women leaders in tech, according to Forbes:

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO

Sheryl Sandberg is the best-known female executive and role model in Silicon Valley. After spending six years as vice president of Google, she joined Facebook as its Chief Operating Officer in 2008, a position she still holds. In addition to her professional success and aware of her privileged position, Sandberg has taken it upon herself to actively mentor women in the industry and beyond, through her nonprofit, Lean In. Named after her revolutionary bestseller, the organization was founded to promote women’s empowerment, which she strongly advocates for. It’s not enough for her to break through the ceiling, she wants to make sure she pulls other women up with her!


Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO

Susan Wojcicki first started out at Google, where she was hired in 1999 to head their marketing and commerce activities when the tech giant was still a fledgling start-up. In 2006, she advocated Google’s acquisition of YouTube, which was then a start-up that was successfully competing with Google's Google Video, a service overseen by Wojcicki. She was later appointed its CEO in 2014. At the time of its acquisition, Google paid 1.65 Billion dollars for YouTube; today, the platform is worth 90 billion dollars! The irony is, Susan had never planned on going into tech. A history and literature major at Harvard, she took her first computer class in her senior year of college, proving it’s never too late to get into tech!


Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard CEO

Meg Whitman is a veteran in tech executive roles. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, she was CEO of eBay, where she is best known for taking the e-commerce platform from 5.7 million dollars to 8 million dollars in sales over her 10-year tenure from 1998-2008.


Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO

A computer scientist and electrical engineer by training, Ginni Rometty had been with IBM for 20 years before being named President and CEO in 2011, and then also Chairman of the company in 2012, the first woman to be appointed to any of these positions at the company. She is credited with getting the company into the analytics business and cloud computing, thus spearheading IBM's growth strategy. She is recognized as an influential personality, and has appeared in “most influential/ powerful” lists in media such as Bloomberg and Fortune.


Angela Ahrendts, Apple U.S Senior VP

Angela Ahrendts made a radical change in careers, which saw her eventually end up on this list. A fashion sector executive for many years, Ahrendts left her position as CEO of Burberry, where she had been for 8 years, to become Senior Vice President of Retail at Apple Inc in 2014. While the sectors were different, the roles she took on were not, and there was no reason to believe she would not be as successful at Apple as she had been at Burberry, where she turned the company back into a success after it had experienced a decline. She is also known for being the highest paid female executive in the US, earning 82.6 million dollars in 2014.


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