Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, wrote the 2013 book, "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead." She dropped from No. 5 in 2013 to No. 10 this year.
"One of our criteria is the social and cultural relevance of these women. Well, Sheryl Sandberg was all over the place this year," Fortune's senior editor at large Patti Sellers said on "CBS This Morning." "We rated her at No. 5, she's No. 10 this year. She's the most highly paid woman on the most powerful women list. $38 million last year. She's a billionaire."
Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo Inc., directed the company's global strategy for more than a decade and led PepsiCo's restructuring.
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2. Mary Barra
Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors,
jumped from No. 29 in 2013 to No. 2 on this year’s list. Barra's jump is due to her leading the
crisis at GM and simultaneously leading an extensive cultural transformation of
"Mary Barra probably has the toughest CEO job in corporate America right now," Fortune's senior editor at large Patti Sellers said on "CBS This Morning." "And the vast consensus is that she's doing a very good job. And she is actually using this crisis, this product crisis, to force a cultural transformation at GM."
"And what she's saying to her people is really interesting. She is saying, 'we must never forget this moment,'" Sellers said.
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1. Virginia Rometty
Virginia 'Ginny' Rometty, chairman, president and CEO at IBM, takes the No. 1 spot for the third year in a row.
"The reason that Ginny Rometty is No. 1 on the list is the market capitalization, the market value, the stock market value to investors of IBM is nearly $200 billion," Fortune's senior editor at large Patti Sellers said on "CBS This Morning." "Revenue has declined, but...probably more important is to increase the value to investors."
"It's been a struggle since Ginny Rometti took the job," Sellers said. "But she seems to be, and this is what our cover story says, she seems to be turning the corner in terms of re-positioning IBM for a very profitable future."
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Fortune's full list
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