10 Women in Technology to Know

5.20.2014

Times are changing and the technology business is not dominated by only men. These sisters are making there mark in a big way! Check it out...

1. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook: Number 6 on Forbes's list of top 100 most powerful women in the world, Sheryl is the COO of Facebook. This American has a Harvard education behind her and is known for bringing up the issue of feminism at the workplace in her bestselling book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. In the past, Sheryl has been Vice President, Global Online Sales and Operations, Google and Chief of Staff, United States Secretary of the Treasury.

2. Amy Hood, Microsoft: An MBA from Harvard, Amy Hood is the first female CFO at Microsoft Corporation. After a stint with Goldman Sachs performing roles in investment banking and capital markets groups, she joined the tech giant in 2002 as a part of its investor relations group. She held a number of positions in Microsoft including Chief of Staff in the Server and Tools Business and handling the strategy and business development team in the Business division. Earlier this year, the Executive Vice President of Microsoft took on the post of CFO. Forbes places her at the 63rd spot on its list of the top 100 most powerful women in the world.

3. Cher Wang, HTC: This Taiwanese entrepreneur earned her master's degree in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and went on work at First International Computer in 1982. With a bunch of partners, she founded integrated chipset maker VIA Technologies in 1987. Ten years later, she and some partners founded HTC. She has been the chairperson of HTC Corporation since 2007 and with her husband was ranked the wealthiest person in Taiwan in 2011. In 2012, Forbes featured her as 56th of the top 100 most powerful women in the world.

4. Sun Yafang, Huawei: This Chinese engineer has been heading Huawei as its chairwoman since 1999. After earning her bachelor's degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, she started working at the Xin Fei TV Manufactory in 1982. Three years later, she became an engineer at the Beijing Research Institution of Communication Technology. Having moved to Huawei in 1989, she became the top woman in the organization ten years later. Forbes recognizes her at the 77th position in its list of 100 most powerful women in the world.

5. Meg Whitman, HP: The President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard has an education from Princeton University and Harvard Business School behind her. She has worked at the Walt Disney Company as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and her experience includes stints with DreamWorks and Procter and Gamble. She has also been the President and CEO of eBay. The American has such a formidable presence in the US that she has actually run for the post of Governor of California.

6. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo: A veteran of the tech world, this American has spent a number of years with Google before becoming the President and CEO of Yahoo. One of the youngest women on our list, Marissa is a Stanford University graduate whose forte is artificial intelligence. One of the first people to join Google, she spent 13 years with the company becoming being appointed the President and CEO of Yahoo last year. Forbes lists her as the 32nd of the top 100 most powerful women in the world.

7. Virginia Rometty, IBM: Appointed President and CEO of IBM in 2012, Virginia has spent over 31 years with the tech major. She is best known for leading the acquisition of the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting for a sum of $3.5 Billion. Number 12 on the Forbes list of top 100 most powerful women in the world, the American has been educated at Northwestern University. She was ranked number 1 on Fortune magazine's list of 50 most powerful women in business last year and has been making the list consecutively for 8 years now.

8. Susan Wojcicki, Google: This American is a Senior Vice President at Google, handling product management and engineering. She has been educated at Harvard University, University of California, Santa Cruz and UCLA. Having been associated with Google ever since she received her MBA in 1998, Wojcicki is an old hand at the tech giant. Forbes calls her 30th in its list of 100 most powerful women in the world.

9. Chua Sock Koong, Singtel: Currently sitting on the 91st spot in the Forbes's list of the world's most powerful women, Koong is the Group CEO of Singtel. This Singapore citizen is a trained accountant and was the treasurer of the company before earning her current position. She sees the future of Singtel in establishing itself in the digital space by developing apps for smartphones and cloud computing. Before becoming the CEO in 2007, she held the positions of Deputy Group CEO and Chief Financial Officer with the company too.

10. Annie Mathew, BlackBerry: One of India's best talents, Annie is Director, Alliances and Business Development, BlackBerry. Educated at the Indian School of Business and the TKM College of Engineering, University of Kerala, she has held a number of key posts at Satyam including General Manager, Corporate Strategy Group and Head, Global Alliance Program at Mahindra Satyam. Before becoming a Director with BlackBerry last year, she was heading Alliances, India for the tech giant since 2009.

Source: Know Your Mobile