The unexpected appointment of Marissa Mayer as chief executive of Yahoo was good news for the firm, as it secured a top IT leader to help turn its fortunes around, bad news for Google, which lost one of its top employees, and great news for females in the technology sector.
This is because Mayer now adds her voice and not inconsiderable talents to the small but impressive pool of female heavyweights heading up some of the biggest firms in technology.
In honour of Mayer's appointment and to provide more inspiration to women in the IT industry looking for proof the glass ceiling can be smashed V3 has put together a list of the most high-ranking and notable females bestriding the corridors of power in the world of IT.
Honourable mention: judge Lucy Koh
Ok, she may not work in technology per se, but judge Lucy Koh is one of the hardest working women dealing with technology, as she rules on seemingly endless patent disputes between Samsung and Apple in California.
This has seen her deliver far-reaching rulings that have banned Samsung from selling some of its key devices including the Galaxy Tab and the Nexus smartphone, although Samsung has managed to over come these.
She was nominated for her role on the bench by president Obama on the recommendation of US senators and was passed by a 90-0 vote, underlining her standing in the legal community.
10. Padmasree Warrior - Cisco chief technology officer
As one of the world's biggest technology firms working in the complex area of networks the role of chief technology officer is integral to Cisco's smooth running and Padmasree Warrior has been carrying out this task with aplomb since 2007.
She oversees a team of some 10,000 engineers and leads the company's efforts on key areas including borderless networks, datacentre and virtualisation, collaboration, and areas of security and mobility.
Prior to this Warrior, who probably has the best surname in technology, served at Motorola for over 20 years, working her way up to CTO at the firm, which coincided with the firm receiving the National Medal of Technology by president George Bush.
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