Survey says: female CIOs make inroads


After all the news about a scarcity of women in the top management of companies (and in the ranks of engineers), here’s a bright spot: Half of the CIOs of Fortune 10 companies are women, according to a new survey by Boardroom Insider.

Yep, the top tech guru at Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil, Ford, GE and ValeroEnergy is female. Another less impressive finding: 17.4 percent of all Fortune 500 companies have female CIOs: .

CIO Journal (paywall) picked up the story and also pointed out that five of the top 15 tech companies in Silicon Valley (ranked by sales) also have female CIOs. They are [company]Intel[/company], [company]Cisco[/company], [company]Gilead Sciences[/company], [company]NetApp[/company], and [company]Symantec[/company].

It’s unclear if Boardroom Insider compiled the same numbers last year, but I’ve reached out to them and will update this as required. But even these numbers in isolation are interesting. For one thing, IT has been historically a male-oriented environment and if the top IT…

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