Female CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies: Heather Bresch
Fortune 500 Company: Mylan
Became CEO: January 2012
MYL Stock Under Bresch: +99% (vs. +43% for S&P 500)
A common theme on this list: Female CEOs who worked their way up one company’s corporate ladder. That’s precisely what Heather Bresch, the current CEO of pharma giant Mylan (MYL) did. She had already worked at Mylan for two decades when she was appointed head honcho in late 2011, effective at the start of 2012.
As countless summaries of her career point out, Bresch made it to the top despite controversy around her education. The now-CEO of Mylan allegedly received her MBA from West Virginia University without completing required credits.
Bresch denied it … and made it to the top anyways. That’s likely because, as previous Mylan CEO Robert Coury said in a prepared statement when she was appointed, Bresch “has unmatched knowledge of Mylan and the industry, and she has demonstrated extraordinary passion, dedication and leadership in executing our strategic goals.”
Clearly her background and passion has paid off. Since Bresch officially took over, Mylan has been solid. MYL stock has more than doubled the S&P 500’s climb since the start of 2012, and is actually leading the InvestorPlace Best Stocks of 2013 contest with a 55% year-to-date total return.