Aerospace & Defense Lead the Way in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women

We already know that there are powerhouse women in the aerospace and defense industry because we work with them and represent them every day. If you weren’t sure of that before, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list makes clear that their leadership is having an impact.

In the 2018 edition of the list, 16 Aerospace Industries Association members and associate members made the cut, with seven included in the top 10.

The #1 name on the list changed this year for the first time since 2015, with Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin moving into the top spot. Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, an AIA associate member, was also included on the list at #2.

AIA full members rounding out the top 10 include: (#4) Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM; (#6) Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook;(#8) Phebe Novakovic, Chairman and CEO of General Dynamics; (#9) Ruth Porat, SVP and CFO of Google, Alphabet; (#10) Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube (Google, Alphabet).

Fortune’s Most Powerful Women – Top 10

Rank Name Position Company
1 Marillyn Hewson Chairman, President, and CEO Lockheed Martin
2 Mary Barra Chairman and CEO General Motors
3 Abigail Johnson Chairman and CEO Fidelity Investments
4 Ginni Rometty Chairman, President, and CEO IBM
5 Gail Bourdreaux President and CEO Anthem
6 Sheryl Sandberg COO Facebook
7 Safra Catz Co-CEO Oracle
8 Phebe Novakovic Chairman and CEO General Dynamics
9 Ruth Porat SVP and CFO Google, Alphabet
10 Susan Wojcicki CEO, YouTube Google, Alphabet


Also on the list are: (#18) Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte; (#22) Kathy Warden, President and COO of Northrop Grumman; (#23) Leanne Caret, President and CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, and EVP of The Boeing Company; (#31) Lisa Davis, CEO of Siemens Energy; (#32) Julie Sweet, North America CEO of Accenture; (#38) Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO of KPMG; (#39) Bridget van Kralingen, SVP Blockchain, Industry Platforms, Accounts, and Partnerships of IBM; (#40) Kelly Grier, U.S. Chairman and Americas Managing Partner of Ernst & Young; and, (#43) Jennifer Morgan, President, Americas and Asia Pacific Japan of SAP.

We are incredibly proud of our leaders on this list and will continue our work to increase the number of women serving across our industry and ensure they have pathways to leadership roles.