Though more and more ladies are being drawn to careers in Information Technology such as CTO or Chief Technology Officer, unfortunately only 25% of all tech jobs are held by women. The numbers are even smaller for CTOs, with only 14% of all Chief Technology positions being held by females.
Here however, you’ll meet a group of extraordinary women, such as Starbucks CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger and Coca-Cola Company CTO Jane Gilmour, who have been working to even the odds by becoming female Fortune 500 CTOs.
These top ranking Fortune 500 female CTOs have served as an example to young women everywhere that pursuing their interests in science, math, and technology can pay off in a huge way.
Starbucks CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger
Gerri Martin-Flickinger was named Chief Technology Officer of Starbucks in 2015 after serving as the Senior VP and CIO of Adobe and the the CIO of VeriSign. Ms. Martin-Flickinger’s current role as CTO at Starbucks includes duties such as serving as the leader of Starbucks’ global IT function and playing a leading role in shaping their technology agenda.
The Coca-Cola Company CTO Jane Gilmour
Jane Gilmour is the current CTO for Coca-Cola, one of the largest beverage companies in the world. As Chief Technology Officer, Jane is responsible for the IT programs, operations, and services for the company’s locations in Latin America, Europe, Eurasia and Africa and Asia Pacific regions.
Before joining the Coca-Cola Team, Ms. Gilmour was the Head of Technology Services Enterprise Architecture at Barclays and CTO of GE Capital EMEA. She has also worked in IT specialist and support roles for Accenture and JPMorgan. She and her husband share a 200-year-old London terrace house with two Persian cats and a retired greyhound.
Cisco CTO of Networked Experiences Susie Wee
Susie Wee is the current Vice President and CTO of Networked Experiences at Cisco, where she was the Founder and lead of DevNet, the company’s developer program. She created DevNet to make the Internet a platform for innovation for innovation and to help enhance developer experiences with the network.
She not only helps to couple applications to Cisco’s converged infrastruction, but also to develop systems for augmented collaboration. She also boasts over 50 publications and 45 patents.
Intuit CTO Raji Arasu
Raji Arasu stared out as the VP of Engineering at eBay and was eventually promoted to CTO of eBay company StubHub. During her work at StubHub, she led a team focused on creating a personalized experience for StubHub users and staying on top of emerging technological trends.
Since 2016, however, she has served as the Senior Vice President as well as Platform and Services CTO-Dev for Intuit, where she helps lead a global organization responsible core services that allow business team to build innovate products for Intuit customers.
General Mills CTO Sue Simonett
Before retiring in 2015, Sue Simonett was the Vice President of Information Technology and CTO of General Mills. Throughout the course of her career, she's been responsible for developing information systems and strategies for the company’s global business operations. With a global direct staff of over 800, some of her duties included Application Development and Analysts, Enterprise Data and Analytic Solutions, Technical Architecture and Services, Security and Governance, Network & Communications, and Data Center Operations.
While working her way up to CTO, her previous positions at General Mills included managing development and support staffs as Senior Director of Demand Chain IS, Director of Supply Chain IS, project manager for two large SAP implementations, and serving as integration manager for two major company acquisitions. In 2002, she was awarded the General Mills Chairman’s award, for her work in leading the implementation of consolidated order processing systems.
Mrs. Simonett earned a BA in Mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA in International Business from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.
As these inspiring business women prove, you can really can be anything you set your mind too!
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