FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen

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7. Ginni Rometty
Ginni Rometty
SVP and group executive, IBM sales, marketing, and strategy
2010 rank: 8
Age: 54
Rometty may be Big Blueís next CEO. A 30-year IBM veteran, she added marketing and strategy oversight to her role last year. The move helps position her as one of the companyís top two candidates to replace current CEO Sam Palmisano when he retires.
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From the October 17, 2011 issue
How we pick the Power 50
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the womanís business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the womanís career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.

Name 2010 total compensation
Safra A. Catz $42 million
Wellington J. Denahan-Norris $23.6 million
Carol Meyrowitz $19.2 million
Name Rank
Cynthia Carroll 1
Gail Kelly 2
Marjorie Scardino 3