Meet the 10 Most Powerful Women in Banking

by Alyssa Oursler | October 10, 2012 8:00 am

[1]It may be tough for women to move up[2] in the corporate and finance worlds, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do it. While some are opting out of the status quo by flocking to start-ups[3], many are instead plowing right throw the glass ceiling and taking the reins at big name companies and banks.

A few months ago, for example, we recapped Forbes’ annual list of the most powerful women in the world[4], highlighting CEOs like Yahoo‘s (NASDAQ:YHOO[5]) Marissa Mayer[6], Hewlett-Packard‘s (NYSE:HPQ[7]) Meg Whitman[8] and even Facebook (NASDAQ:FB[9]) COO Sheryl Sandberg. Heck, Mayer even took the corner office while pregnant with her first child, which she just gave birth to.

Now, though, we’ll get a little more specific with our parade of power. American Banker recently released a list of the 25 most powerful women in banking[10], featuring prominent females at banks like HSBC (NYSE:HBC[11]), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC[12]), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC[13]), Citigroup (NYSE:C[14]) and U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB[15]).

Here’s a quick look at the top ten females in finance:

  1. Irene Dorner: CEO, HSBC USA
  2. Beth Mooney: CEO, Keycorp
  3. Karen Peetz: CEO For Financial Markets And Treasury Services, BNY Mellon
  4. Ellen Alemany:CEO, RBS Citizens Financial Group; Head Of RBS Americas
  5. Pamela Joseph: Vice Chairman, Payment Services, U.S. Bancorp
  6. Carrie Tolstedt: Senior EVP, Community Banking, Wells Fargo & Co.
  7. Ellen Costello: CEO, BMO Financial Corp.; U.S. Country Head, BMO Financial Group
  8. Cathy Bessant: Global Technology And Operations Executive, Bank Of America
  9. Anne Finucane: Global Strategy And Marketing Officer, Bank Of America
  10. Julie Monaco: North America Region Head; Global Head Of Banks, Public Sector And Marketing, Citigroup
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