The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business: Global edition

By pushing into new territories and inspiring women in their home countries, these globetrotters are, quite literally, taking on the world.

20.  Susan Wojcicki

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  • Title: SVP, Ads & Commerce
  • Company: Google
  • Age: 45
  • Country: U.S.

Google's (GOOG, Fortune 500) highest-ranking woman, Wojcicki spends the majority of her time at company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Not surprisingly, she uses technology and videoconferencing to connect with product managers and engineers in 10 countries.) A particular focus: serving small advertisers in countries that are just gaining access to the Internet.

On Feb. 5, Google announced that Wojcicki is replacing Salar Kamangar (Google employee No. 9) as head of YouTube. The move allows Wojcicki to manage her own Google division, after years overseeing Google's massive advertising and commerce platforms, and continue to boost YouTube's ad revenue: eMarketer estimates it grew 61% in 2013, netting $1.96 billion.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated February 06 2014 04:25 PM ET
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How we pick the Most Powerful Women
To compile this first-ever global MPW ranking, the editors weighed many of the same factors historically used to measure executive power: the size and importance of the business, its health and direction, and the arc of the leader’s career. This time, though, the editors placed emphasis on the international nature of the executive’s operation and her standing in the worldwide business community. Thus, someone like Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, No. 15 on Fortune’s list of American MPW, drops to No. 39 on the global list because while she sources wares from around the world, all her sales come from just one market, the U.S.
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