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10 Black Women Who Are Leading the Way in Business

Tania Khadder | AdminSecret

February 02, 2010

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Ann Fudge, Y&R

5) Ann Fudge, Charwoman and CEO, Y&R and Young & Rubicam Brands

Starting at General Mills as a Marketing Assistant and worked her way up the ladder—but not without making some tough decisions.

She could have been the food giant’s General Manager, but instead went to work for Kraft Foods so she could be closer to her ailing mother. She also turned down a top job offer because it would force her to relocate just as her son was entering his senior year in high school. She even retired once, only to rejoin the workforce a few years later as Chairman & CEO of communications company Young & Rubicam Brands.

Not bad for a woman who has said she “didn’t have a dream growing up.”

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Susan Chapman, Citigroup

6) Susan Chapman, Global Head of Operations, Citigroup Realty Services

In her role managing Citigroup’s real estate portfolio, Susan Chapman overseas departments that collectively, include a whopping 300,000 employees. In December 2003, Black Enterprise Magazine named her one of their “Top 50 Under 40: The Best and Brightest.”

But Ms. Chapman isn’t all business and brains—over the years, she has spent plenty of time volunteering with non-profit community development organizations all over the US. She also mentors to young people in her community.

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