How the top women in finance staked their claims to the C-suite.

In many respects the women who ascended to large-company CFO posts got there the
same way that men do: half were promoted internally and half were outside hires,
a split that was constant across the entire Fortune 1,000 in 2007,
according to executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. Some were CFOs of
smaller companies, while others were divisional CFOs or CEOs, posts that often
serve as launching pads for men who become large-company CFOs. And the women who
joined the elite ranks of global CFOs almost always combine deep business
experience with impeccable finance skills.

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