Even in 2021, women only make up 6.0% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies and 8.1% of all Fortune 500 CEOs, demonstrating there’s still a sizable amount of work to be done to create more equitable workplaces and to achieve gender diversity within the C-Suite. Among our Top CEOs in 2021, 5 women CEOs are among the top 100 U.S. large list, and most have graced our Top CEOs award before! Aside from leading their organizations with innovative and meaningful strategies, these trailblazers are breaking down barriers for women everywhere. Read on to learn more about the 5 powerhouse women who won our Top CEOs award!
Lynsi Snyder, In-N-Out Burger
Top CEOs 2021 Ranking: #21
CEO Approval Rating: 99%
Open Jobs: 201
Lynsi Snyder is no stranger to our Top CEOs award! Year after year, she’s consistently earned her place among the Top CEOs list due to her vast managerial experience and sharp strategy —this is her 5th win! At 17 years old, she started her In-N-Out journey as a line cook and at 35, Snyder took full control of the company, becoming the youngest female billionaire in the world in the process. Although COVID-19 has affected employee morale at various organizations, In-N-Out employees boast about their strong company culture, solid compensation and commitment to growth opportunities.
Employees say senior management really cares for them and they feel supported, while also maintaining top professionalism not always seen in other fast food workplaces.
Abby Johnson, Fidelity Investments
Top CEOs 2021 Ranking: #44
CEO Approval Rating: 94%
Open Jobs: 4.9K
As a first-time winner on the Top CEOs 2021 list, Abby Johnson is at the helm of investment firm Fidelity Investments and chairman of its international sister company Fidelity International (FIL). Fidelity was founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II. Abby got her start in the family business in 1988, working summers at Fidelity through college and joined full-time as an analyst after receiving a Harvard M.B.A. Since taking over the company from her father in 2016, Johnson has pushed the company forward by embracing cryptocurrencies and, in 2018, Fidelity launched a platform that allows institutional investors to trade bitcoin and ether.
Tricia Griffith, Progressive Insurance
Top CEOs 2021 Ranking: #61
CEO Approval Rating: 93%
Open Jobs: 743
In 1988, Tricia Griffith joined Progressive as a Claims Representative and has held several key leadership roles. Prior to being named CEO, Griffith served as Personal Lines Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the company’s Personal Lines, Claims and Customer Relationship Management groups.
In 2016, Tricia was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and elected to the Board of Directors. This year marks her second time gracing our Top CEOs list! She believes with the right people, culture and values, you can accomplish great things.
Jane Fraser, Citi
Top CEOs 2021 Ranking: #91
CEO Approval Rating: 90%
Open Jobs: 11K
This year marks Jane Fraser’s first time ranking among the Top CEOs. She’s the Chief Executive Officer of Citi, the world's most global bank, serving millions of consumers, businesses and institutions across 160 countries and jurisdictions. She is the first female CEO in the firm’s history.
With her deep experience across Citi’s consumer and institutional businesses and, in many ways, she helped shape Citi into the company it is today. Before becoming CEO in February 2021, she was President of Citi and CEO of the Global Consumer Bank, responsible for all of Citi’s Consumer businesses, including Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Credit Cards, Mortgage and Operations and Technology in 19 markets. Citi employees rave about having work life balance and thriving professionally within a collaborative work environment.
Martine Ferland, Mercer
Top CEOs 2021 Ranking: #100
CEO Approval Rating: 90%
Open Jobs: 588
Meet Martine Ferland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercer. She leads Mercer’s 25,000 colleagues in providing trusted advice and solutions to build healthier and more sustainable futures for their clients, colleagues and communities. She’s passionate about working with clients to solve their toughest challenges of today and tomorrow, and in leading purposefully through sustainable growth to create a better society and provide better outcomes for people.
Before being named Mercer’s President and CEO in 2019, Martine served as Mercer’s Group President and was responsible for leading Regions and Global Business Solutions. Before that, she served as President of Mercer’s Europe and Pacific Region, delivering consistent profitable growth and leadership in the institutional investment space, with assets under delegated management passing $100 billion, and a strengthened market position through strategic acquisitions.
Employees say Mercer has great people to work with, and senior management cares about them as people, not just employees.