110 Most Powerful Women in IT
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10. Kim Polese, CEO, SpikeSource
After having been president and CEO of Marimba, this Silicon Valley star took over the reins for this Kleiner-Perkins funded open-source business applications vendor in Sept. 2004.
“[Customers’] IT staff are consumed by scouring for patches and features and downloading those and then incorporating them into an integrated installation process. That takes an enormous amount of time, and that’s the problem we are setting up to solve for these companies, offloading that task for them.”-Polese to eWEEK.
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8. Padmasree Warrior, Executive Vice President and CTO, Motorola
Warrior holds the purse strings on the company’s $3.7 billion research and development investment. She is leading the company toward more acceptance of things open source, leading some to believe Motorola will stop being an also-ran in chips and cell phones.
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7. Shona Brown, Senior Vice President, Google Business Operations
Brown took on responsibilities for Google’s business operations in 2003. She is the author of the best-selling business book, “Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos”, which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She has also published broadly in both applied and academic journals. Shona has a bachelor of computer systems engineering degree from Careleton University in Canada and a master’s degree in economics and philosophy from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar.
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3. Meg Whitman, CEO, eBay
Whitman has served as president and CEO of eBay since March 1998, and has overseen its expansion into broader e-commerce areas, including the acquisitions of PayPal and Skype and the taking of an equity position in Craigslist.
Previously, Whitman was general manager of Hasbro’s Preschool Division, responsible for global management and marketing of the Playskool and Mr. Potato Head brands. From 1995 to 1997, she was president and CEO of FTD (Florists Transworld Delivery), the world’s largest floral products company. While at FTD, she oversaw its transition from a florist-owned association to a for-profit, privately owned company.
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1. Diane Greene, CEO, VMware
Greene is simply the CEO of a company that enjoyed a rather massive IPO (initial public offering).
“I think you’re going to see the ability to run more desktops on servers and companies investing more in thin clients. This is going to allow companies to have PCs with instant restart, no booting and have a lot more control over the management of the data.”-Greene to eWEEK
1210 Most Powerful Women in IT – An IT Pioneer
Grace Hopper (Dec. 9, 1906 – Jan. 1, 1992)
No list of powerful women in IT could be complete without mentioning Grace Hopper, a true pioneer, not just as a woman in a man’s world, but as a brilliant computer scientist at every level. She is credited with inventing, among others, the code compiler and the COBOL programming language. She received the National Medal of Technology in 1991.