As women continue to shatter the glass ceiling of the corporate world, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood is one of the many who are leading the way. Hood was recently named to Forbes’ list of the most powerful women of 2015, according to Winbeta.org.
Other high-achieving women who were honored by Forbes include Oprah, Hillary Clinton, and Melinda Gates. The list features eight heads of state who are currently leading nations having a combined GDP of $9.1 trillion.
Hood, who holds an MBA from Harvard, has been with Microsoft since 2002, following a stint at Goldman Sachs, where she was in charge of investment banking and positions within the capital market divisions. At Microsoft, she was originally a part of the investor relations group, before moving on to the position of Chief of Staff in the Server and Tools division. Hood replaced Peter Klein as Microsoft’s CFO in 2013.
Hood has the honor of being Microsoft’s first female CFO. During her tenure in that position, she has seen the company’s commercial cloud revenue increase to $5.5 billion per year. Forbes noted in its recognition of Hood that the firm’s commercial cloud revenue has grown by triple-digit percentages over the past six quarters.
Forbes composes its annual list of the world’s most powerful women by examining a preliminary group of 300 candidates drawn from around the globe. The eight categories examined were billionaires, business, celebrity, finance, media, philanthropy, inter-governmental organizations, politics, and technology.
This year, Hood ranked No. 51 on the list. This is a slight drop from her position of No. 48 from Forbes’ 2014 list Other women at Microsoft who could be considered next year include Chief Experience Officer Julie Larson-Green, and Executive Vice President Tami Reller.
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