Margherita della Valle CEO of Vodafone since Jnaury 2023 has been included in the list of the 100 MOst Powerful Women by Fortune magazine. Ms Della Valle joins other exceptionally talented new executives as Sandy Ran Xu who took over Chinese e-commerce titan JD.com in May andVanessa Hudson who assumed the CEO job at Australia’s flagship carrier Qantas in September.
Margherita della Valle: from Milan to London
Margherita della Valle was born in Rome and has a degree in economic and social disciplines, obtained in 1988 from Bocconi. After starting her career at Montedison, in 1994 she joined Omnitel, acquired six years later by Vodafone. In 2007 she became the group’s European chief financial officer, then group financial controller in 2010, deputy CFO in 2015 and CFO in 2018. She was elected as CEO of Vodafone in January 2023 when Nick Read left the role.
Fortune’s 100 Most Powerful Women list
Fortune announced the 2023 edition of the Most Powerful Women in Business list, featuring established and rising leaders from around the globe. Now in its 26th year, the Most Powerful Women celebrates 100 leading business women representing industries including finance, tech, healthcare, telecom, retail, and energy, among others.
In total, the list features 67 women with a CEO title, some of whom only recently stepped into the corner office. Margherita Della Valle became CEO of British telecom Vodafone in April. Sandy Ran Xu took over Chinese e-commerce titan JD.com in May. Vanessa Hudson assumed the CEO job at Australia’s flagship carrier Qantas in September. All are the first women to hold their respective jobs. Other women are making a major impact early in their careers, like 34-year-old Mira Murati, the Chief Technology Officer at OpenAI and Susan Li, Meta’s CFO. Some other execs are leading the world’s most valuable startups including Kim Kardashian, the co-founder of the $4 billion shapewear line Skims.
The Top 10 of the Most Powerful Women in Business
- Karen S. Lynch, President and CEO, CVS Health (U.S.)
- Julie Sweet, Chair and CEO, Accenture (U.S.)
- Mary Barra, Chair and CEO, General Motors (U.S.)
- Jane Fraser, CEO, Citigroup (U.S.)
- Jessica Tan, Executive Director, Co-CEO, Ping An (China)
- Carol Tomé, CEO, UPS (U.S.)
- Emma Walmsley, CEO, GSK (U.K.)
- Ruth Porat, President, CIO, CFO, Alphabet and Google (U.S.)
- Shemara Wikramanayake, Managing Director and CEO, Macquarie (Australia)
- Gail Boudreaux, President and CEO, Elevance Health (U.S.)