Female CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies: Marissa Mayer
Fortune 500 Company: Yahoo
Became CEO: July 2012
YHOO Stock Under Mayer: +155% (vs. +33% for S&P 500)
Of all the powerful women in business on this list, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer is the one who’s been making the most headlines. And it wasn’t just her no-shit telecommuting policy or glamorous Vogue feature that had people talking.
It was also the fact that Yahoo stock has posted a stellar and unexpected comeback under her guidance. Since Mayer was appointed as the CEO in July of 2012, YHOO stock has posted gains five times larger than the broader market’s bull run.
Of course, the company’s stake in Alibaba has played a large role in that as well … and Marissa Mayer will have to work hard to keep the search company chugging along once Alibaba goes public.
But Mayer is likely up for the task considering she is not just one of the most powerful women in tech, but one of the most experienced. Before taking over at Yahoo, Mayer worked at Google (GOOG) for 13 years, working her way up to Vice President before she left.