To explore the “golden age” of the female COO, Fortune recently talked to 19 female current or former COOs and management experts, including Martha Josephson, the founder and leader of the global Digital segment of Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications Practice.
Since the Mark Zuckerberg – Sheryl Sandberg partnership revolutionized Facebook, the COO position is becoming almost as important as CEO, particularly at high-growth tech startups that are eager to recreate the same model. “I’ve been asked a dozen times for ‘a Sheryl,” said Josephson. “All the investors need ‘a Sheryl’ as if it’s something you can order from Amazon,” she said.
While this is easier said than done, many organizations are inspired by the strong pool of seasoned female executives who have spent years working their way to the top, along with the current demand for diversity in tech’s C-suites.
Full Story: These Women Could Be the Tech Industry's Next Great CEOs—or Not. By Leigh Gallagher. March 21, 2018.