The Five Most Powerful Women in Retail

From the sales floor to the boardroom retail organizations are filled powerful women, but who wields the most influence?

Fortune's 18th annual Most Powerful Women list ranks the 24 most powerful women in business and plenty of retailers made the coveted list. The entire ranking is available here, but a quick look at the top five retailers to make the list is below.

Fortune's five most powerful women retailers are:

Carol Meyrowitz. Meyrowitz is the CEO and chairman of TJX Companies, the parent company of T.J.Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls and Sierra Trading Post. She has been the CEO since 2007 and added the chairman title this past June. She has led one of the few successful international expansions of a U.S. retailer, and continues to push with the announcement in July that the company will enter Australia. In fiscal 2015, TJX, with $29.1 billion in revenue, surpassed Macy’s in size.

Helena Foulkes. Foulkes is the president of CVS/pharmacy and the EVP of CVS Health, overseeing $68 billion of CVS’s $139 billion in total revenue. She has helped spearhead the $1.9 billion purchase of Target’s pharmacy business — a deal that will give CVS the most pharmacy locations in the U.S.— and launched an upgraded beauty and healthy food sections in many of the stores.

Rosalind Brewer. Brewer is the CEO and president of Sam's Club. While Sam’s Club accounts for just 12% of Walmart’s total revenue, its $58 billion in sales makes it the eighth-largest retailer in the U.S. Brewer believes the healthy eating and living trend is anything but a fad investing big on health and wellness, more than doubling the organic offerings at Sam’s Clubs.

Angela Ahrendts. Ahrendts is the SVP of retail and online stores at Apple. She took over top spot of Apple's retail empire just over a year ago and has spearheaded the launch of the Apple Watch. The former CEO of Burberry is focused on integrating Apple’s online and retail divisions, as well as expanding its China presence.

Judith McKenna. McKenna is EVP and COO of Walmart U.S. She is the driving force behind the opening of four new U.S. e-commerce fulfillment centers, the expansion of the retailer's online grocery services, and the retailer's plan to open more than 200 new stores this year.
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