IT Management: 10 Powerful Women Cracking the Glass Ceiling in Technology
Marissa Mayer Google, Vice President
As the vice president of search products and user experience at Google, Marissa Mayer is in charge of some of the most popular products, namely Search, but also Maps, Earth, Health and iGoogle. One of the companys original 20 employees and Googles first female engineer, she also added local advertising to her list of responsibilities this year.
The numbers are still disappointing when looking at women in technology. While there are a lot of women in top positions outside of technology, such as at eBay, Kraft and PepsiCo, it's a smaller club within technology. While there are a number of CEOs, including Yahoo's Carol Bartz and Xerox's Ursula Burns, the bulk of female power seems to be concentrated in the vice presidents, COOs and CTOs. Women tend to be second-in-command and leaders of major divisions. That's not a bad place to be, considering where women were only a few short years ago. Some of these women are currently being considered, or have been recently, considered on the shortlist of executives being groomed to take over the chief executive positions at their respective companies. Regardless of their exact title, vice president, CIO, COO, CTO, these executives have a direct input into shaping and driving the company's strategy. Now that's power. Google has plenty of women in senior positions, including one on its Board of Directors and at least three vice presidents, at last count. It was hard to pick just one woman in a senior executive position at Google. But we managed, thanks to the fact there were plenty of other women in powerful positions at other companies to choose from. In no particular order, here are some of the most powerful female executives in technology today.