12 Black Females Who Became Chief Executive Officers

The CEO positions in a company are often reserved for men. Most of the companies in the Fortune Top 500 companies are men and white. These 20 CEOs are not only black, they are females, too.

 

  • Rosalind G. Brewer

 

Rosalind G. Brewer became the first African American and female CEO of a division of Wal-Mart when she became President and CEO of Sam’s Club.

 

  • Ursula M. Burns

 

Ursula Burns became President of Xerox in 2007 and CEO in 2009.

 

  • Tracey E. Edmonds

 

After being an award-winning television producer and studio executive for years, Tracey created and became CEO of Edmonds Entertainment and CEO/President of Our Stories Films.

 

  • Amy S. Hilliard

 

Amy Hilliard is CEO of Hilliard’s Comfort Cake Co., distributor of Southern-style pound cakes to United Airlines, and Chicago Public Schools  to name a few. She is also the first African American to be board member of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade.

 

  • Janice Bryant Howroyd

 

Janice Bryant Howroyd is CEO of Act•1 Personnel Services. She also owns a travel agency, a maintenance company for electronic records and a drug screening and background check service.

 

  • Iman

 

Iman is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Iman Cosmetics, a brand patronized by colored women all over the world. She is also a fashion icon.

 

  • Sheila C. Johnson

 

Sheila is founder and CEO of Salamander Hospitality. She is also the first black woman to be a stakeholder of three pro sports teams.

 

  • Debra L. Lee

 

Lee became CEO of BET Holdings in 2005 after being at the helm of strategic business development.

 

  • Linda Johnson Rice

 

In 1987 and only 29 years old, Linda became CEO of Johnson Publishing Co which includes Ebony Cosmetics.

 

  • Desiree Rogers

 

Rogers became CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., the biggest black operated and owned publishing company in the world after being Obama’s White House Social Secretary.

 

  • Madam C.J. Walker

 

Walker is the first female and self-made millionaire in the US. She was sole shareholder and president of the Indiana based Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Co (hair growing business). She is considered as the original black Chief Executive Officer and creator of one of the largest manufacturing companies owned by a black in the world.

 

  • Oprah Winfrey

 

Oprah became chief creative officer and CEO of her own cable network along with Discovery Communications   – OWN.

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