Who Are The Top 10 Women in U.S. Technology?

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By David Zielenziger (Contributer, International Business Times)  

Nobody would ask who the top 10 men are in U.S. technology because their ranks fill the executive suites at Intel, Apple, Texas Instruments, Google, Microsoft, Nvidia, Motorola Mobility....and on and on.

Finding the women is harder because there are fewer, especially at the CEO level, where they can really influence the company and the industry.

Here are a few more than 10 to start: Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, a mechanical engineer with a masters degree from Columbia University. Head of Xerox since 2009, when she succeeded Anne Mulcahy, who had been a senior VP of human resources. Burns, 53, is experienced with technology.

Part of her mandate is to make the Stamford, Conn.-based Xerox more profitable by adding services, so Burns has spent billions acquiring services companies, mainly in printing and document preparation, but also in services important to enterprises.

The gamble has paid off so far. Xerox has been consistently profitable, selling services to the global Fortune 500, a far cry from when people were wondering about the "paperless office."

Xerox has a market capitalization of $11.97 billion since Burns took over.

Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the former CEO of eBay. Whitman, who has an economics degree from Princeton and a Harvard MBA, lacks a technology background. But she helped transform eBay into an auction and sales giant. In a month as CEO of HP, the No. 1 global computer company, she managed to raise the share price 23 percent.

Still, the verdict is out on Whitman, HP's second woman CEO. The first, Carleton (Carly) Fiorina, a former sales executive from Lucent Technologies, was ousted over her performance in 2008, highlighted by her acquisition of Compaq Computer.

Now Whitman, 55, has decided to keep HP's PC business, essentially "old" Compaq, and use it as a key for growth. Whitman is also relying upon her executive chairman, Ray Lane, former president of Oracle, as a co-partner, especially for software issues.

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