10. Virginia Rometty
Virginia Marie “Ginni” Rometty (born July 29, 1957) is an American business executive. She is the current Chairwoman and CEO of IBM, and the first woman to head the company.Prior to becoming president and CEO in January 2012 she held the positions of Senior Vice President and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing, and Strategy at IBM. She has been named to Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for eight consecutive years, ranking #1 for 2012,and she was ranked tenth on Forbes magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” in 2014.
She was also named to the Time 100 in 2012,and was included in the 50 Most Influential list of Bloomberg Markets magazine in September 2012. More than two years have passed since Rometty assumed the helm at IBM, and it’s been anything but smooth sailing. With ten consecutive quarters of revenue declines, IBM is sticking to its focus on boosting profit margins. Over 2014 the technology company shed its services, server and semiconductor units, translating into $7 billion of much-needed revenue. Next steps include a new partnership with Apple, optimizing IBM’s big data and analytics for iOS and expanded ties with SAP, running its applications on IBM’s platform. Continuing to overhaul the declining company, Rometty plans to spend $1.2 billion on IBM’s cloud computing business. She joined the company at 24 in 1981 as a systems engineer.