As women around the world continue to gain top jobs, Fortune Magazine has now divided its international list of powerful women into two separate regional rankings. This year, Fortune launched its first Most Powerful Women Global Edition, where the ranking was divided into the two segments where women are making the most progress: Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), and the Asia-Pacific region.
The EMEA list includes Ana Botin of Banco Santander in first place, Alison Cooper of Imperial Tobacco Group in second place, and Güler Sabanci of Sabanci Holding in third place. Annika Falkengren, the CEO of FBCC Patron SEB, comes close to the top as the fourth most powerful woman in the EMEA region, climbing one spot on the list compared to the previous year.
Falkengren has been the CEO and President of SEB, where she has spent her entire career, since 2005. She has been praised for her cautious approach in handling the bank, especially after the financial crisis of 2008 hit, and SEB maintained their ability to lend. Her success has won her multiple awards, and she is constantly recognized as one of the most influential women in business.