BLACK ENTERPRISE has released its listing of The Most Powerful Women in Business as featured in the publication’s January/February 2017 issue. The final roster was culled from thousands of potential candidates across numerous industries, including the finance, pharmaceutical, and retail sectors. These executives have authority over budgets totaling billions of dollars and control subsidiaries, divisions, or departments that affect the fiscal health and direction of their businesses.
The report spotlights prominent African American women, including Debbie Roberts, president, East Zone, McDonald’s USA; Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment, Walt Disney Co.; Beyoncé Knowles Carter, CEO, Parkwood Entertainment; Lisa Borders, President, WNBA; Bozoma Saint John, Head of Global Marketing, Apple Music, Apple Inc., and many more.
“You could not find a better example of women of power than the female executives represented in this issue. Our editorial team developed this list to not only celebrate the black female business elite,” said BLACK ENTERPRISE President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. “But to demonstrate that it requires unparalleled expertise and resilience to break through barriers that female executives continue to face today.”
In compiling this year’s list, the BLACK ENTERPRISE research team conducted in-depth research; scoured our Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, Leading Women in Marketing and Advertising, 75 Most Powerful Women in Business, The B.E. Corporate Directors registry, and the BE 100s listings; consulted associations; and reviewed a great number of bios and résumés.
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