GoBarefoot: As the world celebrates Equal Pay Day, a reminder of the pay gap between the two sexes, we list five women who challenged gender stereotypes to create a name for themselves in the corporate sector, dominated by men.
COO of Facebook and founder of a non-profit organisation working for women, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg joined Facebook in 2008 and in four years became the first woman to be on its board. The 46-year-old former Google executive donated $31 million in Facebook stock to the Sheryl Sandberg Philanthropy Fund in December 2015. Before joining the social networking site, the Harvard MBA was a World Bank economist.
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Managing director and CEO of India’s ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar oversees nearly $125 billion in assets. The 54-year-old began her career with ICICI in 1984 and was elevated to the Board of Directors in 2001. She has been credited with leading a remarkable transformation at the Bank, which experienced major setbacks after the 2008 financial crisis.
She was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours, in 2011.
Managing Director and CEO of Axis Bank since 2009, Shikha Sharma began her career with ICICI Bank in 1980. In her 29-year tenure with the Bank, the 57-year-old was instrumental in setting up ICICI Securities – a joint venture between ICICI and J.P. Morgan.
President and CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer got the position at the age of 37. Her pay package jumped 69% to $42 million in 2014, making her one of the highest-paid CEOs. Before joining Yahoo, Mayer led the development of Google’s most successful products Google Maps, Google Earth, and Gmail.
CFO of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc, Ruth Porat earlier worked with Morgan Stanley as the chief financial officer and executive vice president. A breast cancer survivor, Porat holds an MBA from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and Master of Science from London School of Economics.
(With inputs from Forbes)