Fortune Magazine: Cover story The 50 Most Powerful Women 21st Edition. This is a very interesting glimpse into the achievements of 50 of the world’s most powerful women from a corporate perspective. Number one on the US list is Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin. Of particular interest to me is that fact that she is 64 years old. The youngest person on the US list is Amy Hood, 46, of Microsoft.
The oldest person on the US list is Bonnie Hammer, 68, of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Studios, Comcast. Also of note is Beth Ford, 54, the first openly gay CEO at Land O’Lakes. And we have a South Florida success story: Ann Marie Campbell, 53, from Home Depot started at Home Depot as a cashier in South Florida 33 years ago. On the international list, the youngest person is 37 year old Yang Huiyan of Country Garden Holdings in China. The oldest person is 67 year old Nayla Hayek of Swatch Group in Switzerland. I did a tally (because I’m that person who always counts things) and in the US there are more 55 year old leaders and outside the US there are more 54 year old leaders. I think this speaks volumes about maturity and experience and the values they bring. There is some sobering news that the number of Fortune 500 women CEOs dropped from 32 in 2017 to 24 in 2018. Hopefully 2019 will see an upward trend.