Virginia Rometty (IBM), Mary Ann Tighe (CBRE), Cathy Engelbert (Deloitte), Lynne Doughtie (KPMG) and Suri Kasirer (Kasirer Consulting) have been recognised as one of the most powerful women in New York and are listed in Crain’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women ranking.
Every other year, media company Crain releases its ‘Most Powerful Women 2015’, celebrating the 50 most powerful women in New York. To select the women, the editorial team of Crain weighs many factors, looking at job titles, chains of command, revenues and scope of the organisations’ and their civic engagement. “They're powerful for a variety of reasons: their ability to get laws passed, generate revenue, build skyscrapers, set fashion trends, make public policy and close deals. We ranked these execs by the influence they wield within their organisations and within the city, as well as their dedication to making New York a better place through civic involvement,” explains Adrianne Pasquarelli, Senior Reporter at Crain.
The top 50 contains top executives from companies from all industries, including banking, arts, technology and health care. The 2015 ranking also includes two of the Big 4 accounting and consulting firms, as, for the first time, women have been elected to lead these firms.
Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for housing and economic development of New York City, tops the latest list and secured the first place. Chief Financial Officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co, Marianne Lake, comes in second, with Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Co-Chairman of Diane von Furstenberg, rounds out the top three on the list.
Among the top 50 most powerful women are five executives active in the consulting industry:
Virginia Rometty has been the Chairman and Chief Executive of IBM since 2012, when she became the company's first female CEO. Rometty started her career at IBM in 1981 and has fulfilled a series of leadership positions, including Senior Vice President and Group Executive of IBM Sales, Marketing and Strategy; and Senior Vice President IBM Global Business Services.
Mary Ann Tighe is Chief Executive of CBRE’s New York tri-state region, a role she took on in 2002. Between 2010 and 2013, she also served as Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York, being the first woman to hold this position in history.
Cathy Engelbert was named Chief Executive of Deloitte in the US earlier this year, after having worked at the firm since 1986. During her 29 years at the firm, she fulfilled several roles, including Lead Audit Partner and Chairman and CEO of Deloitte & Touche.
Lynne Doughtie assumed her role of Chairwoman and Chief Executive of KPMG US in July of this year, and is the first woman at a Big 4 firm to serve as both US Chairwoman and CEO. Doughtie has been with KPMG since 1985 and has held the role of National Managing Partner and Advisory Partner, and acted as Vice Chair – Advisory before taking on her new duties earlier this month.
Suri Kasirer founded Kasirer Consulting 15 years ago and serves as the firm’s President. During this time, she has successfully managed to get her firm ranked number one among the top lobbying firms in New York City for the past eight years. Kasirer also, among others, serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Leadership Forum.