Some of the biggest names in technology have been included in a prestigious list of 50 men from across the UK who are championing women in business.

The FT & HERoes Champions of Women in Business lists were published today and are broken down into three listings: 100 Female Executives; 50 Female Future Leaders; and 50 Male Executives.

The announcement comes as BusinessCloud continues its hunt for 101 Female Entrepreneurs in Tech – deadline for nominations 28th September.

→ READ MORE: Nominate female tech entrepreneurs now

The CEO of US cloud computing company Salesforce, Marc Benioff, was at third place with Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao coming in fourth.

Telstra’s CEO Andrew Penn is in eighth place with Cicero Group Executive Chairman Iain Anderson ranked at number 13.

Rob Mukherjee, Vodafone’s outgoing North West Regional Chair, is at  number 34. Mukherjee has played a pivotal role in the Northern Powerhouse agenda and won a string of awards including Best Male Mentor in 2017 and Northern Power Women Agent of Change in 2018.  In August he announced he would be leaving the telecoms giant after 12 years.

→ READ MORE: Mukherjee to leave Vodafone in reshuffle

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See the full list below.

  1. Paul Polman, CEO,Unilever
  2. Peter T Grauer, Executive Chairman, Bloomberg
  3. Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce
  4. Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone
  5. Michael Cole-Fontayn, Chairman, AFME
  6. Steve Varley, UK Chairman, EY
  7. Brian Cornell, CEO, Target
  8. Andrew Penn, CEO,Telstra
  9. Peter Harrison, Group Chief Executive, Schroders
  10. Paul Rawlinson, Global Chair, Baker McKenzie
  11. Les Matheson, CEO, Personal & Business Banking, RBS
  12. Wim Dejonghe, Senior Partner, Allen & Overy
  13. Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman, Cicero Group
  14. Ajay Banga, President & CEO, Mastercard
  15. Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, Diageo
  16. Chris Wei, Global Chairman Aviva Digital, Executive, Aviva
  17. Ron O'Hanley, President & COO, State Street
  18. Christopher Stirling, Global Chair, KPMG Life Sciences, KPMG
  19. Jim Cowles, EMEA CEO, Citi
  20. David Liao, President & CEO, HSBC Bank China
  21. David Sproul, Senior Partner & Chief Executive, Deloitte
  22. Oliver Benzecry, UKI Chairman and Country Director, Accenture
  23. Matt Elliott, People Director, Virgin Money
  24. Dominic Christian, Global Chairman Aon, Aon Benfield
  25. Mark Read, CEO & COO, Wunderman & WPP
  26. Rakesh Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, RB
  27. Andrew Pearce, Managing Director-Operations, Accenture
  28. Johan Lundgren, CEO, easyJet
  29. Keith Weed, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Unilever
  30. Murtaza Ahmed, Managing Director, Artistic Milliners
  31. Richard Robinson, Managing Partner, Econsultancy
  32. Josh Graff, EMEA Vice-President of Marketing Solutions and UK Country Manager at LinkedIn
  33. Sir Roger Carr, Chairman, BAE Sysytems
  34. Rob Mukherjee, North West Regional Chair, Vodafone
  35. Tom Casteleyn, Managing Director, Global Head of Custody Product Management, BNY Mellon
  36. David Hynam, CEO, Bupa UK
  37. Matt Hammerstein, Head of Barclaycard UK & Retail Lending
  38. Daniel Kramer, Executive Vice President, Chief Client Experience Officer, Asset Servicing, BNY Mellon
  39. Matthew Krentz, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Global People Chair, The Boston Consulting Group
  40. Osman Faiz, Chief Information Officer, Singapore, Standard Chartered Bank
  41. Jörg Ambrosius, Executive Vice President. State Street Bank
  42. Omar Ali, UK Financial Services Managing Partner, EY
  43. Colin Passmore, Senior Partner, Simmons & Simmons
  44. Karl Edge, Midlands Regional Chair, KPMG
  45. Matthew Norris, Global Head, Standard Chartered Global Business Services, Standard Chartered Bank
  46. Alex Atzberger, President, SAP Customer Experience
  47. Seamus Smith, Executive Vice President, Global Payments & Banking, Sage plc
  48. Mark Burgess, Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  49. Simon Linares, Group Human Resources Director, Direct Line Group
  50. Mark Heighton, Head of UK Real Estate Team, CMS

How to enter BusinessCloud's 101 Female Entrepreneurs in Tech list:

  • If you would like to nominate someone else please email  femaleentrepreneurs@businesscloud.co.uk  with contact information for the nominee if possible
  • If you are a female entrepreneur wishing to nominate yourself simply complete the following questionnaire so we can find out a bit more about you and your business, making sure to include contact details
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