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Withering Heights: Women CEOs Outperform

content_motif-ed-series-logoMotif Investing  has created an investible stock index called No Glass Ceilings that can help track the effectiveness of women in the chief executive’s suite.   The index consists companies with women as the CEO for more than one year.

So far in 2012, the S&P 500 and the No Glass Ceiling motif are running neck and neck with a year to date return of about 15%.   Still, many of the women leading companies in the index are just getting started.

EBay. For instance, Meg Whitman, a California gubernatorial candidate and former chief executive of EBay is trying to orchestrate a turnaround at Hewlett-Packard.  Venerable HP, a company that helped usher in the information economy, and put Silicon Valley on the map, may have lost its way in the eyes of many.

DuPont. At DuPont (DD), Ellen Kullman was appointed chief executive officer in January 2009, when the company’s stock price stood at about $22, the same place it had been in 1991, and far lower than its $74 in 1998.  In fact, the stock price was half of what it had been just a year before Kullman took the helm.  Under her leadership, DD shares have more than doubled, but challenges remain, as the company’s global foot print means it faces headwinds from a sluggish global economy.

Pepsico. At Pepsico, Indra Nooyi is tasked with leading one of the most brand-centric companies in the world with a portfolio that includes, Cap’n Crunch, Doritos, Dr. Pepper, Fritos, Aunt Jemima and Rice-A-Roni, to name a few. Can women’s widely perceived superior social and cultural skills give Ms Nooyi an edge in connecting these brands with consumers far better than say, Gary Rodkin, chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods, with brands like Blue Bonnet, Slim Jim and Del Monte?

Complete list of companies in the No Glass Ceiling index:
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co
Ingredion Inc.
Lululemon Athletica Inc.
AFC Enterprises Inc.
The TJX Companies Inc.
Oil States International Inc.
Sempra Energy
HSN Inc.
National Financial Partners Corp.
AMN Healthcare Services Inc.
National Financial Partners Corp.
KeyCorp
ICICI Bank Ltd. ADS
NeuStar Inc. (A)
Xerox Corp.
Hewlett Packard Co.
DuPont
Ann Inc.
Mondelez International Inc.

For more myths and reality-checks, as well as advice for all working women from the country’s most powerful female business leaders, see the infographic below:
Women-CEOs-Myths-Messages

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