In the world of business, recently there have been an increasing number of women who have stepped up to fill the position of Chief Operating Officer or COO. These range from more visible COOs such as Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to former COO’s like Campbell’s Soup’s Denise Morrison, who was promoted from COO to CEO in 2011, and Leslie Bradshaw who formally served as COO of both JESS3 and Guide.
The duties of the COO position include everything from managerial tasks to back of house managing to business strategy planning. The Chief Operating Officer at any given company can have a profound impact on both its financial and strategic well-being. Here you’ll find some of the top women currently holding the COO position at major companies.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
Quite possibly one of America’s most famous female Chief Operating Officers, Sheryl Sandberg spent six years developing online ad programs as Vice President of Google. Ever since 2008 however, Ms. Sandberg has been COO of Facebook where she’s been able to drastically boost revenues for the world’s favorite social media network.
The Facebook COO is also the author of a book called “Lean In,” which supports the empowerment of women everywhere, and shares the name of the non-profit Ms. Sandberg founded. In April 2017, she also released a second book entitled “Option B” that focuses on resilience in relation to grief.
Pam Murphy, COO of Infor Global Solutions
Pam Murphy has been with Infor Global Solutions, Inc. as its Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations since Dec 2010 and it’s COO since October of 2011. Coming from an extensive sales and consulting operations background, Ms. Murphy is also responsible for Human Resources and Legal functions at Infor.
Claire Hughes Johnson, COO of Stripe
After serving as the Vice President and Director of online sales and operations at Google, Claire Hughes Johnson went on to become the COO of Stripe, as well as a board member of Hallmark Cards.
Jennifer (Jen) Consalvo, COO of Tech Cocktail
Jennifer Consalvo is not only the Chief Operations Officer of Tech Cocktail, a media and events company that offers news, resources, and events for tech startups, she’s also a Co-Editor. Additionally Ms. Consalvo is a founder of a technology company called Shiny Heart Ventures.
Stephanie Venn Petersen, COO of LSS Data Systems
Stephanie Venn Peterson has served as the President and President of LSS Data Systems since 1998. Her history with the company goes all the way back to 1986, which she began focusing her career on a company called Lake Superior Software, which would later be rebranded as LSS Data Systems. Throughout the course of her work with the LSS, she helped facilitate a relationship with Meditech, which would go on to own 22% of the company.
Marne Levine, COO of Instagram
Before becoming the COO of Instagram, Marne Levine worked in the U.S. Treasury Department in the 1990’s, for both the Clinton and Obama administrations, and even served as Chief of Staff for Harvard President Larry Summers from 2001 to 2003. In 2014 however, Ms. Levine was named Chief Operating Officer of Instagram, where she analyzes internal operations in order to keep them running as well and as fast as possible. Part of her job as COO is also making sure that the social sharing network runs just as well for its users as it does for advertisers.
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