Private Companies

  • The compiled data from numerous aggregator services found 7 examples of women who have been appointed to lead large private companies since 2020.
  • We found 61 examples of women CEOs in charge of large private companies, hired before 2020.
  • Women CEOs make up 7.4% of CEOs in companies that fall into the $1 Billion + annual revenue category, based on data collected from numerous aggregator services.
  • 3% of private company boardroom seats are held by women of color.

Women lead in both public and privately held companies. Since 2020, private companies have stepped up in both board seats and CEO leadership. Looking at board diversity within private companies can provide insight into the current representation of women at the top. Private companies overwhelmingly utilize their own networks and referrals to find new professionals to fill their board seats, according to CrunchBase. Our stark findings for recently appointed female CEOs of private companies tells us that the lack of female representation within privately-held boards likely depends on and feeds into the lack of female CEOs in the private sector.

The most significant barrier to female leadership is the actual lack of females in leadership. The best advice I can give to women is to go out and start something, ideally their own businesses. If you can’t see a path for leadership within your own company, go blaze a trail of your own.

– Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle

Colleen Wegman - Wegmans Food Market

Colleen Wegman

Wegmans Food Market
Susan Hakkarainen - Lutron Electronics Company

Susan Hakkarainen

Lutron Electronics Company
Talbott Roche - Blackhawk Network Holdings

Talbott Roche

Blackhawk Network Holdings
Mary E Kipp - Puget Energy

Mary E Kipp

Puget Energy , Fortune 1000
Nancy Collat Goedecke - Mayer Electric Supply Company

Nancy Collat Goedecke

Mayer Electric Supply Company
Linda Burtwistle - Coach USA and Megabus

Linda Burtwistle

Coach USA and Megabus
Christine Taylor - Enterprise Holdings

Christine Taylor

Enterprise Holdings
Karen Fichuk - Randstad North America

Karen Fichuk

Randstad North America
Kelly Coffey - City National Bank

Kelly Coffey

City National Bank
Heather Kreager - Sammons Enterprises

Heather Kreager

Sammons Enterprises
Collette Valentine - Integral Senior Living

Collette Valentine

Integral Senior Living
Sue Burnett - Burnett Staffing Specialists

Sue Burnett

Burnett Staffing Specialists
Tina Hodges - Advance Financial

Tina Hodges

Advance Financial
Tracey L. Armstrong - Copyright Clearance Center

Tracey L. Armstrong

Copyright Clearance Center
Mary O'Donnell - Westcor Land Title Insurance Company

Mary O’Donnell

Westcor Land Title Insurance Company
Kathy Bolhous - Charter NEX Films

Kathy Bolhous

Charter NEX Films
Lisa D. Johnson - Seminole Electric Cooperative

Lisa D. Johnson

Seminole Electric Cooperative
Jane Tutoki - Cunningham Lindsey Group Limited

Jane Tutoki

Cunningham Lindsey Group Limited
Janet Hayes - Crate & Barrel Holdings

Janet Hayes

Crate & Barrel Holdings
Joanna Zabriskie - BH Management Services

Joanna Zabriskie

BH Management Services
Eileen C. McDonnell - The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company

Eileen C. McDonnell

The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
Virginia C. Herring - 1st Franklin Financial

Virginia C. Herring

1st Franklin Financial
Angela Korompilas - American Hotel Register

Angela Korompilas

American Hotel Register
Lori Stacy - Trader Interactive

Lori Stacy

Trader Interactive
Lou Kennedy - Nephron Pharmaceuticals

Lou Kennedy

Nephron Pharmaceuticals