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Carly most powerful woman - again
Chairman of HP ranked No. 1 on Fortune's list of most powerful business women for 6th straight year.
September 29, 2003: 1:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is the most powerful woman in business, according to a ranking of the 50 most powerful women by Fortune magazine released Monday. It's the sixth straight year Fiorinia has held the title.

But the magazine's reporting found that many fast-track women are ambivalent about power, and that 20 of the magazine's Most Powerful Women have left their prestigious positions during the last five years.

Andrea Jung
Meg Whitman
Carleton S. Fiorina

""Dozens of powerful women we interviewed tell us that they don't want to be Carly Fiorina; many don't want to run a huge company," said Fortune Editor-at-Large Pattie Sellers, who wrote the main article that accompanied the listing.

Fortune's ranking is based on four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy; her clout inside her company; the arc of her career, including how quickly she has risen and where she's likely to go; and, when appropriate, her influence on mass culture and society.

The other women in the magazine's top five are: eBay CEO Meg Whitman; Avon Products Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung; Xerox Chairman and CEO Anne Mulcahy; and Marjorie Magner, Chairman and CEO of the Global Consumer Group at Citigroup.

There are 10 newcomers on this year's list of 50, Gail Berman, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting, News Corp. (No. 25); Christine Poon, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson (No. 27); Linda Dillman, EVP and CIO, Information Systems, Wal-Mart Stores (No. 28); Myrtle Potter, COO and EVP, Commercial Operations, Genentech (No. 29); Mary Sammons, President and CEO, Rite Aid (No. 37); Jenny Ming, President, Old Navy, Gap (No. 42); Lois Quam, CEO, Ovations, UnitedHealth Group (No. 43); Ursula Burns, SVP & President, Business Group Operations, Xerox (No. 44); Christina Gold, President, Western Union Financial Services, First Data (No. 49); and Dawn Hudson, President, Pepsi-Cola North America, PepsiCo (No. 50).  Top of page

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