Top 5 Female CEOs Bringing Home the Bacon
Getting to the rank of CEO in a company is a pretty impressive feat, and doing so in a major company is even more so. However, sitting up there in the big leather swivel chair of corporate America as a woman is a major rarity. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the career successes and subsequent fiscal successes of the top paid women in the position of Chief Executive Officers. These women are really bringing home the bacon.
1. Irene B. Rosenfeld
The top-payed female CEO position goes to Irene Rosenfeld, according to Forbes list of America’s Highest Paid Chief Executives. Rosenfeld has been at at Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT) for 6 years as a CEO the entire time. At 58, she was ranked second in the Food Drink & Tobacco industry, and made the Wall Street Journal’s list of the top fifty women to watch for back in 2008. Rosenfeld makes $1.54 million in her yearly salary — that’s 0.54 million more than the median for her industry.
In an interview with ABC News, Rosenfeld spoke about her position as Kraft’s CEO, saying that progress still needs to be made regarding women in power. “There’s still not enough diversity of any kind in our boards, in our companies, and certainly in our leadership, and we all have a particular obligation to continue to bring those behind us along with us. There’s no question that our companies will benefit as a result,” said Rosenfeld. ”I was most encouraged when I and a number of my colleagues moved in the CEO roles that there wasn’t a lot of talk about the fact that we were women. There was a lot of discussion about the fact that we were very competent business people,” said Rosenfeld. Her total yearly compensation rings in at $25.37 million.