A record number of female CEOs were featured on this year’s Fortune 500 list, as Amazon moved up three places to the number two spot but Walmart continued its reign for the eighth year at the top.
The latest Fortune 500 list revealed that 37 of the 500 companies who ranked this year were led by women. Women CEOs account for just 7.4 per cent of Fortune 500 companies.
This in a slight improvement from last year’s 33 women leaders. Before that, 2018 saw 24 and in 2010 there were only 15 women CEOs on the list.
Of the 37 companies, only three had women of color in charge.
The Fortune 500 list this year ranked companies based on their total revenues for their respective fiscal years.
Mary T. Barra of General Motors was the highest ranking female CEO on the list as her company ranked at number 18.
General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra (pictured above) was the highest ranking female CEO on the list as her company ranked at number 18. General Motors produced $137.2billion during their latest fiscal year
Anthem’s CEO Gail K. Boudreaux (pictured left) has led the health insurance company since 2017 and is the second highest ranked female CEO on the list at 29th spot. The United Postal Service’s Carol Tomé (right) was the third highest ranked woman on the list at 43rd spot
Fortune 500 Top 10 companies (by revenue)
3. Exxon Mobil
5. CVS Health
6. Berkshire Hathaway
7. UnitedHealth Group
Barra was promoted to CEO in January 2014 and was elected Chairman of the GM Board of Directors in January 2016.
General Motors recorded $137.2billion in revenue in their fiscal year, despite auto factories closing for nearly two months during the coronavirus pandemic.
It took a substantial hit, with its stock price falling from 35.29 to 16.80 between March 4 and March 18. That’s a 18.49 point difference in just two weeks.
Based in Detroit, Michigan, its profits totaled to $6.7billion and had a market value of $29,694.70.
On Monday, General Motors stock price was 24.81 and had gone up almost 10 per cent as workers across the country begun to return to work as states reopened after lockdown.
Anthem, the largest for-profit heath insurer in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, ranked at number 29 with CEO Gail K. Boudreaux.
Anthem accumulated $104.2billion in revenue and profits counted up to $4.8billion. Its market share ranked above General Motors at $57,245.20.
Boudreaux acts as CEO and President of Anthem, which serves more than 40 million consumers through its health plans. Boudreaux was named CEO in 2017.
Pictured left, Corie Barry, chief executive officer of Best Buy – the fourth highest ranked woman on the list at 75th spot. Pictured right, Oracle CEO Safra Catz which claimed the fifth highest female CEO spot on the list at 82nd place
CEO of General Dynamics Phebe Novakovic was sixth highest ranked female CEO on the list at 83rd spot
Stock price for Anthem on Monday was 279.96 and was up .85 per cent.
The company took a hit in March when lockdown orders went into place, but its stock has been steadily climbing since early April.
Next, the United Postal Service’s Carol Tomé was the third highest ranked female on the Fortune 500 list this year.
Tomé, the former financial officer of Home Depot, was announced to charge at United Postal Service in March 2020 and will formally takeover in June 2020.
She’s taking over for David Abney, who worked at United Postal Service for 46 years.
UPS fiscal year revenue came in at $74million and profits at $4.4million.
The Atlanta, Georgia, postal business was an industry that also faltered when the coronavirus pandemic unexpectedly hit.
Staffing shortages and a drop in mailed advertisements saw its stocks tumble as early as January.
Its numbers are struggling to return back to normal, but UPS’ numbers rose between Friday and Monday by 5.07 per cent.
Also featured on the Fortune 500 list was Best Buy, led by Corie Barry, at number 75 and Oracle, whose CEO is Safra Catz, at number 82.
Full List of Women CEOs on Fortune 500 List
18. General Motors: Mary T. Barra
29. Anthem: Gail K. Boudreaux of Anthem
43. United Postal Service: Carol Tomé
75. Best Buy: Codie Barry
82. Oracle: Safra A. Catz
83. General Dynamics: Phebe N. Novakovic
86. Progressive: Susan Patricia Griffith
98. Northrop Grumman: Kathy J. Warden
123. Duke Energy: Lynn J. Good
148. Occidental Petroleum: Vicki A. Hollub
159. Rite Aid: Heyward R. Donigan
165. Kohl’s: Michelle D. Gass
170. Synchrony Financial: Margaret M. Keane
178. CDW: Christine A. Leahy
199. Gap: 178. CDW: Christine A. Leahy
202. Ross Stores: Barbara Rentler
225. Reinsurance Group of America: Anna Manning
232. Land O’Lakes: Beth Ford
238. Guardian Life Ins. Co. Of America
J.C. Penny: Jill A. Soltau
336.Jones Financial: Penny Pennington
361. Yum China Holdings: Joey Watt
368. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans: Bonnie Raquet
398. Hershey: Michele Buck
412. Veritiv: Mary Laschinger
415. Graybar Electric: Kathleen Mazzarella
418. Ulta Beauty: Mary Dillon
443. CMS Energy: Patricia K. Poppe
448. Advanced Micro Devices: Lisa Su
466. Science Applications International: Nazzic S. Keene
470. Celanese: Lori J. Ryerkerk
472. Zoetis: Kristin C. Peck
489. Willaims-Sonoma: Laura J. Alber
491. Commercial Metals: Barbara R. Smith
493. Franklin Resources: Jennifer M. Johnson
Other top companies with women CEOs included Rite Aid, Gap, Ulta Beauty and Hershey.
The latest Fortune 500 list also had Amazon, headed by CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, move to the number two spot.
Amazon climbed three spots from 2019’s fifth place ranking.
‘Amazon obviously continues to grow at a ridiculous pace of 25% to 30% per year. When you get to be big it doesn’t take much for you to continue to be big,’ James Thomson, the former head of Amazon Services, told ABC News.
Amazon, led by CEO and founder Jeff Bezos (pictured) moved to the number two spot on Fortune 500’s list
Amazon’s rank does not include any profits made during the coronavirus pandemic, so the company’s revenue, now at $280billion, could still grow.
It came behind supermarket chain Walmart, who raked in $523billion in revenue during its fiscal year.
During the pandemic, it hired ‘175,000 people in the last seven weeks to scale up and meet consumer demand.’
Amazon has encountered controversies over worker safety during the outbreak, but Thomson thinks this will have just a small impact on the company.
‘Consumers still want their stuff and nobody is more better equipped to get them stuff than Amazon,’ he said.
‘I suspect a lot of consumers will compartmentalize and say Amazon will need to figure that out, but I still need Amazon to deliver all my things.
‘There are not a lot of good alternatives out there. Imagine a world where there wasn’t an Amazon. Where would consumers get their products?’
Amazon first entered the Fortune 500 list at 2002 at number 492. Market value for Amazon has since skyrocketed more than 22,000 per cent.
According to Thomson, Amazon’s focus on ‘long-term profitability’ is part of the reason it invested so heavily in logistics and infrastructure.
‘I would expect that Amazon is going to continue to be very close to the top of this list for the foreseeable future,’ said Thomson.
‘They have more pokers in the fire than most companies.’