Featured on the publication’s February 2015 cover, the list was culled from thousands of candidates across industries — including the finance, pharmaceutical and retail sectors — and the 50 executives making the list have authority over budgets totaling billions of dollars and control subsidiaries, divisions, or departments that affect the fiscal health and direction of their businesses, according to Black Enterprise.
Executives from the food, drug and mass retail channel who made the list were Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, executive vice president and treasurer at Walmart Stores Inc.; Rosalind Brewer, president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club; Dedra Castle, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Rite Aid Corp.; Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, executive vice president and global chief human resources officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.; and Mary Winston, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Family Dollar Stores Inc.
“Our editorial team developed this list to not only celebrate the black female business elite, but to demonstrate that it requires unparalleled expertise and resilience to break through barriers that female executives continue to face today,” Earl Graves Jr., president and chief executive officer of Black Enterprise, said in a statement.
Also making the list were executives from key food/drug/mass retail suppliers, primarily pharmaceutical companies. They included Esi Eggleston Bracey, vice president and general manager of global cosmetics at Procter & Gamble Co.; Mirian Graddick-Weir, executive vice president of human resources at Merck & Co.; Freda Lewis-Hall, chief medical officer executive vice president at Pfizer Inc.; Robin Washington, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Gilead Sciences Inc.; and Corlis Murray, senior vice president of quality assurance, regulatory and engineering Services at Abbott Laboratories.