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Sheryl Estrada

There are 74 women in the CFO role at companies on the inaugural Fortune 500 Europe list

(Credit: Courtesy of Shell)

Good morning.

Meet the 74 women who are CFOs at the biggest companies in Europe.

The inaugural edition of the Fortune 500 Europe list launched this morning. The European companies are ranked by revenue, and the list features businesses from 24 different countries. Together, the 500 companies brought in revenue of $13.94 trillion in their most recent fiscal year. 

The No. 1 place is held by British energy giant Shell with revenue of $386.2 billion. Sinead Gorman, who earned a spot for the first time on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list this year, joined the company in 1999 and became CFO in 2022. With oil and gas prices soaring, Shell more than doubled its profit to $39.9 billion in 2022, surpassing its previous annual record of $28.4 billion reached in 2008. In 2022, of the $25 billion Shell put aside for capital improvements, it invested $12.5 billion into its oil business, while allocating $4.3 billion to low-carbon energy projects.

Other finance chiefs at companies in the Fortune 500 Europe top 10 include: 

Jutta Dönges, CFO at Uniper (No. 3), a state-owned energy company based in Düsseldorf, Germany. In March, Dönges began her tenure as chief financial officer, joining the management board and leaving Uniper's supervisory board, which she joined in December 2022. 

Katherine Thomson, interim CFO at BP (No. 6) was appointed to the role in September. BP named Murray Auchincloss, the company’s CFO since July 2020, interim CEO. Thomson is the first woman in the interim CFO role at the company. She has worked at BP for 19 years, previously holding several senior financial roles, including group treasurer, and head of group tax.

Natalie Knight, CFO at Stellantis (No. 7) began her role at the company in July. Before Stellantis, Knight was the CFO at Delhaize. She also held several senior finance positions during her 17 years at adidas AG in Germany and the U.S.  

Here's the complete list of the 74 women who are leading finance at the biggest companies in Europe. You can view the Fortune 500 Europe list here.

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