With every passing year, more and more women are taking up space in the entrepreneurial world and gracing it with the blend of leadership and compassion. This women’s day, Uncut Globe is celebrating the spirit of exceptional female leaderships at the top belt of multinational corporations. These are the female CEOs ruling the corporate world with brains and compassion while making way for others in their organization.
A ‘blue-chip’ is the stock of a well-established, financially stable, and historically safe company that is recognized for its brand legacy. Today, we are talking about the blue-chip companies that are successfully treading the upward graph of growth under their female leadership. Making it to the top is not a cakewalk, especially when defying stereotypes comes as an added challenge. Thus, these women deserve acknowledgment for their careers and the inspiration that they pose for women across the globe.
Five Blue Chip Companies Led By Female CEOs
Advanced Micro Devices
CEO- Dr. Lisa Su
Advanced Micro Devices is a California-based corporation specializing in the manufacture of semiconductors used in computer processing. It has been headed by its CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, since October 2014. Dr. Su has had a long career in technology, received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and spent 13 years at IBM in various engineering and leadership roles before entering Advanced Micro Devices.
She is known for her work creating silicon-on-insulator semiconductor processing technologies and more powerful semiconductor chips during her tenure as vice president of the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Centre. She was elected Fortune’s 2018 Businessperson of the Year and admitted to the National Academy of Engineering.
- Established on: 1st May 1969
- Company revenue: $9.76 billion (2020)
Chairman and CEO- Patricia Kampling
Patricia Kampling runs Alliant Energy, a public utility company based in Madison, Wisconsin, serving customers in Wisconsin and Iowa. Kampling has been with the company since 2005 but only took over as President and CEO in 2012, having distinguished herself as Chief Operating Officer of the company (COO).
She holds an MBA from the University and Chicago and is a licensed technical engineer. She also sits on the board of directors of the American Transmission Company. Kampling announced plans to retire from Alliant Energy on 1 July 2019, after an illustrious career of nearly 35 years in the energy industry. COO John Larsen is going to succeed her.
- Established in: 1917
- Revenue: $3 billion
American Water Works
CEO- Susan Story
From a modest beginning as a nuclear power plant engineer, Susan Story has risen to become CEO of American Water Works, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater company, across the ranks of the utility industry. The story took over the job in May 2014 after serving as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a year. It is responsible for the leadership of a team of over 7,100 workers delivering water and sanitation services to 14 million people in 45 countries.
The story grew up in Albertville, Alabama, and received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Auburn and an MBA from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Prior to joining American Water Works, Story worked at Southern Company, a utility company located in Atlanta, Georgia, for 31 years.
- Established in: 1886
- CEO: Susan Story
- Company revenue: $3777 million (2020)
CEO- Gail Boudreaux
Anthem is the second largest provider of health insurance in the United States. When the organization needed a new CEO in November 2017, Gail Boudreaux, a veteran of the industry, was selected. She has worked in the healthcare sector for more than 30 years and is the former CEO of the UnitedHealth Group, where she oversaw more than 60,000 workers.
Gail Koziara Boudreaux is an American athlete and businesswoman. In college, she was a leading player in the Dartmouth Big Green Women’s Basketball Team from 1978 to 1982. Since joining Anthem, Boudreaux has helped the business expand by purchasing a range of smaller health insurers, including Aspire Health and America’s First Option. She was named the fifth most powerful businesswoman in America on the 2018 Fortune Most Powerful Women list.
- Established in: 2004
- Company revenue: $104.21 billion (2019)
CEO- Jayshree Ullal
Since 2008, Jayshree Ullal has been at the helm of Arista Networks (NYSE: ANET), a well-known computer networking firm. Born in London and raised in India, Ullal went to college in the United States, where she received a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management from San Francisco State University.
That was the beginning of a long career in technology, which included several years as Senior Vice President at Cisco before taking on the position of CEO of Arista Networks. She was named one of Barron’s Best CEOs in 2018 and helped Arista Networks pull $2.2 billion in 2018 alone. Ullal’s net value is valued at $1.6 billion.
- Established on: October 2004.
- Company revenue: $2.41 billion (2019)
Those were the top five blue-chip companies that have been founded by women and are run by female CEOs. Blue-chip companies are important for anyone looking for a good investment which is why knowing successful companies is crucial for investors. These women are notable business figures and are proof of the impact females leave on the business industry.