10 highest-paid female CEOs

30 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

How The 10 Highest-Paid Women CEOs Compare To Their Male Counterparts.

This week, the Associated Press published a list of the 10 highest-paid chief executives in America, followed by a ranking of the 10 top-paid women CEOs.New York — Female CEOs are outpacing their male colleagues in pay, although they remain vastly outnumbered in the top echelons of American companies.

Unsurprisingly, the first list is all men, with the exception of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who took the No. 5 spot on that list and the No. 1 spot on the female CEOs list. These rankings typically don’t mean much to the average person—yep, they’re all making a gazillion dollars more than the rest us—but comparing the two yields a few insights into the state of gender and leadership in the U.S. The 10 women on the AP’s list, whose salaries ranged from $13.1 million (DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman) to $42.1 million (Mayer), made about $204 million altogether. That would put him well ahead of the second highest-paid woman CEO in America, Carol Meyrowitz, who made $23.3 million last year as head of TJX, the parent company of T.J.

When Meg Whitman rejoined HP in 2011 after an unsuccessful 2010 bid to become California’s governor, the company’s board established an initial salary of $1 a year. For 2014, the board decided it was time to raise the salary portion of her pay package to make it consistent with her peers at similar technology companies. The company’s earnings were hit this year by currency volatility in countries like Russia and Bolivia, but this was offset by growth at Frito-Lay North America, which makes snacks such as Doritos, Cheetos and Tostitos. Woertz’s near nine-year tenure as CEO ended in December, though she remains chairwoman of the company, which makes vegetable oil, ethanol and ingredients used in packaged foods and drinks.

Kullman spent much of last year fending off an attempt by activist investor Nelson Peltz to gain more influence over the 212-year-old chemical company. But the fight showed that DuPont needed to do a better job of explaining its transformation from a traditional chemical maker to a faster-growing company focused on agricultural products and advanced materials, she said.

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