Leading ladies

Padmasree Warrior, chief technology officer, Cisco

A 23-year veteran of Motorola, where she had also been chief technology officer, Padmasree Warrior jumped ship to Cisco towards the end of 2007. At Motorola, she commanded an annual R&D budget of $3.7bn and a 26,000-strong army of engineers. At Cisco she drives the firm’s technological innovation and strategy, focusing also on its strategic partnerships and business model development.

Susan Wojcicki, vice president of product management, Google

Given the pace at which Google is permeating the mobile industry, anyone holding a senior position at the firm’s Mountain View headquarters could be deemed to have significant influence in the sector. But Susan Wojcicki, as vice president of product management (and one of only three women on the firm’s 16-strong operating committee), wields particular power.

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