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F-250 Female Chief Information Officers Approaching 20%

February 06, 2012
Women who achieve the rank of Chief Information Officer--in the Fortune 250 no less--are some of the most interesting executives we cover. IT has long-been a primarily male domain, as have the fields of science and engineering. In our profiles of these CIOs, there are many stories about being the only woman in the class, the department or the boardroom. They have defied the odds to reach one of the most interesting and coveted C-level positions, which everyone agrees sits at the influential nexus of business and technology.

Companies in the tech space are trying desperately to build relationships with CIOs. As consultants, we have counseled them to go after female CIOs as a special affinity group by creating a targeted program designed to reach and engage this elite group of women. So far no one is doing this well, as far as we know. In fact, no one seems to even realize that 19.2% of Fortune 250 CIOs are now women--up from 10% just a few years ago.

In the interest of supporting you, our customers, we are publishing the complete list of female Fortune 500 CIOs (or their functional equivalents) below, by Fortune ranking and company. In our next newsletter, we will publish the Fortune 251-500. If you are interested in learning more about these women, Boardroom Insiders publishes in-depth profiles of them all. To learn more, contact Lee Demby @ lee@boardroominsiders.com or 704-756-0894.


1: Walmart: Karenann Terrell (see sample profile)

2: Exxon Mobil, Ellen McCoy

9: Bank of America, Cathy Bessant

18: IBM, Jeanette Horan

19: Cardinal Health, Pat Morrison

24: Valero Energy Corp., Cheryl Thomas

33: Target, Beth Jacob

36: Boeing, Kim Hammonds

37: State Farm, Sandy Arnold

40: Johnson & Johnson, LaVerne Council

41: Dell, Adriana Karaboutis

42: Wellpoint, Lori Beer

44: United Technologies Corporation, Nancy Davis

47 Best Buy, Jody Davids

52 Lockheed Martin, Linda Gooden

56: Intel, Kimberly Stevenson

62: Cisco Systems, Rebecca Jacoby

64: Prudential Financial, Barbara Koster

65: Walt Disney, Susan O'Day

67: Sysco, Twila Day

70: Coca Cola, Ann Taylor

71: New York Life Insurance Company, Sue Ericksen

77: Aetna, Meg McCarthy

87: TIAA-CREF, Annabelle Bexiga

88: Delta Air Lines, Theresa Wise

102: Publix Super Markets, Inc., Laurie Zeitlin

104: Raytheon Company, Rebecca Rhoads

106: Travelers Companies, Inc., Madelyn Lankton

116: Motorola Solutions, Leslie M. Jones

119: TJX Companies, Kathy Lane

120: Emerson Electric Company, Kathleen McElligott

121: Xerox, Carol Zierhoffer

150: The AES Corporation, Elizabeth Hackenson

162: Dominion Resources Inc., Margaret McDermid

163: Amgen Inc, Diana McKenzie

174: CBS, Amy Berkowitz

177: PG&E, Karen Austin

191: Sara Lee Corporation, Ann Teague

203: Dean Foods Company, Barbara Carlini

205: Southwest Airlies, Jan Marshall

219: SAIC, Amy Alving

227: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Ina Kamenz

239: Unum Group, Kathleen Owen

240: Progress Eneergy, Inc., Dorothy Ramoneda

241: Praxair, Inc., Melissa Buckwalter

250: Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., Cora Carmody


P.S. We are not perfect and despite our best efforts to keep this list up-to-date, often changes are made without a timely announcement. If you notice someone missing from this list or see an error, let me know by contacting me at Sharon@boardroominsiders.com.

Sharon Gillenwater

Founder, Principal and Editor-in-Chief

Boardroom Insiders

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