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    Marissa Mayer became the new CEO of Yahoo on July 17, 2012. She resigned as a vice president of Google the day before. It was a busy time for her: she had to tell her new company she and her husband were expecting a baby boy in October. An engineer who studied artificial intelligence, she had started at Google as its 20th employee in 1998.
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    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at a 2011 gala in New York. Sandberg, a Google veteran, has been a steadying influence at Facebook, which did not have concrete plans for become profitable before she was hired in 2008 by founder Mark Zuckerberg. In 2012 she became the first woman on Facebook's board.
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    Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman at a 2012 speech in Shanghai. She made her name at the eBay auction website, and used some of the fortune she made there to run unsuccessfully for governor of California. HP has had 27,000 layoffs, and analysts wonder if Whitman can turn the company around.
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    PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was Forbes' fourth most powerful woman in the world in 2011. She has headed PepsiCo for five years and oversees almost 300,000 employees. Before she was named CEO, Nooyi was PepsiCo's president and CFO.
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    DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman, 56, is a native of Wilmington, Delaware, where the chemical giant is based. She became the CEO in 2009 after 21 years at DuPont, and has been instrumental in expanding the company's business overseas.
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    Xerox CEO Ursula Burns at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Jan. 11, 2012. In a story that could be an inspiration to any aspiring executive, she began her career at Xerox as an intern, then moved into product development and planning. In July 2009 she was named CEO.
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    Denise Morrison a Campbell Soup headquarters. Morrison became the company's CEO in August 2011. After joining the company in April 2003 as President-Global Sales, she quickly ascended the corporate ladder. In 2011 she was named the 21st Most Powerful Woman in Business by Fortune Magazine.
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    Ginni Rometty became the first female CEO of IBM in January 2012. The company, once the leading maker of computer hardware, famously revinented itself as a computer services company as smart machines became a low-profit commodity.
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    Sherilyn S. McCoy was named CEO of Avon Products in April 2012. McCoy was at Johnson & Johnson for thirty years, most recently as worldwide chairman for pharmaceuticals. McCoy was No. 10 on Fortune magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list in 2011.
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