3 Westchester County Businesswomen Are Among New York’s Most Powerful

The 2015 Crain’s New York Business list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York includes three of Westchester’s own.

Three Westchester women made the cut to secure a place on Crain’s New York Business’ biannual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. The list includes Virginia ‘Ginny’ Rometty, chairwoman and CEO of Armonk-based IBM (#5); Indra Nooyi, chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo (#13) in Purchase; and White Plains-based Dr. Laura Forese, president of New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and group senior vice president/COO of the Weill Cornell campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital (#24). Rometty and Nooyi—repeat winners from last year—are two of just 19 CEOs included in the list, and Forese is one of the only COOs.

Rometty became IBM’s first female CEO in 2012 and has been engulfed since then in trying to stop the company’s falling revenues, while Nooyi has been the CEO of PepsiCo since 2006 and has been named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business list for four consecutive years (she currently holds the number three spot). Dr. Forese is one of three top executive women at New York-Presbyterian, “which is rare,” says Crain’s Adrienne Pasquarelli, “to have so many top-level females in charge.” Forese directly oversees operations at three of the six hospitals in New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is striving to help continue the hospital’s expansion in Westchester and surrounding areas.

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