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Aug. 29, 2008
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Three KU alumnae listed among 100 most powerful women in the world

Sheila Bair

LAWRENCE — Three University of Kansas graduates are among the world’s 100 most powerful women, according to the most recent issue of Forbes magazine.

Sheila Bair, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, is No. 2 on the list. Bair is a native of Independence and earned a bachelor’s in philosophy in 1975 and a law degree in 1978, both from KU. She was sworn in as chair of the FDIC in June 2006, having previously served on the organization’s Advisory Committee on Banking Policy.

Cynthia Carroll

“As banks continue to fail, Bair must continue to show the fortitude that has helped her lead an institution that is suddenly an actor in this global drama,” the Forbes article says.

Cynthia Carroll, the first woman CEO of Anglo American, one of the world’s largest independent mining companies, will speak on “The Role and Responsibility of the Multi-National Corporation” at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium. A reception will follow. This event, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the School of Business, the Department of Geology and the KU Alumni Association, is free and open to the public.

Ranked fifth is Cynthia Carroll, chief executive of Anglo American, one of the world’s largest independent mining companies. She was recently appointed to the board of BP. Carroll earned a master’s degree in geology at KU in 1982 before earning a master’s of business administration at Harvard University. Last year, she ranked seventh on the Forbes list.

Linda Zarda Cook

Linda Zarda Cook, a Shawnee native who earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from KU in 1980, ranks 43rd. Now the executive director of gas and power for Royal Dutch Shell, Cook is in the running to become CEO of the company in 2009, which would make her the first woman to lead an international oil company. She ranked 44th on the Forbes list last year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list, which is available at Forbes Web site.

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