The Fortune list of ‘50 most powerful women in business: Global edition’ has been topped by General Motors CEO Mary Barra, the first woman to run a global automaker.

"By pushing into new territories and inspiring women in their home countries, these globetrotters are, quite literally, taking on the world," Fortune said of the ladies on the list.

An electrical engineer who has spent her entire career at GM, Barra oversees more than 2, 12, 000 employees in 396 GM facilities on six continents.

Nooyi, who ranks third on the list and Kochhar on the 18th spot are the only two Indian women on the list.

Fortune said Nooyi, 58, more than doubled sales for Pepsi from outside US in her seven years running PepsiCo.

International markets now make up about half of the company's USD 65.5 billion in revenue.

"Indian-born Nooyi has made sure her product pipeline reflects her consumer base: Since 2012, "innovation centers" have popped up in Shanghai, Hamburg, and Monterrey, Mexico," it said.

52-year-old Kochchar leads India's second-largest bank, a sprawling organization with USD 124 billion in assets, USD 1.5 billion in profit and 3,588 branches.

The list includes IBM chairwoman and CEO Ginni Rometty on the second spot, Energy Corporation Petrobras CEO Maria das Graças Silva Foster on the fourthth spot, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (11), Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer (14) and Google's Senior Vice President for Ads and Commerce Susan Wojcicki (20).

(Agencies)

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