Several leading female figures in the oil and gas industry have made it onto the Fortune’s 2020 international list of the world's Top 50 most powerful women.

Because of the many crises defining this year — including the coronavirus pandemic and broader economic fallout — the criteria to determine who should make the top 50 list were expanded for 2020.

Catherine MacGregor, chief executive officer designate of French company Engie, is at number 13.

MacGregor is poised to become the only woman leading a company in the CAC 40 —France’s benchmark stock index — when she takes the reins at Engie on 1 January, said Fortune.

Meanwhile, Nicke Widyawati, president director of Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, has been named the world’s 16th most powerful woman (international) by Fortune magazine.

As Pertamina president director, Nicke is responsible for supervising a company with annual income of more $54 billion that employs some 32,000 worldwide.

The 52-year old, who is an engineer by training, took the helm at Pertamina in December 2018.

The Indonesian government recently reaffirmed its confidence in her to carry out the company’s transformation to a holding company with publicly listed subsidiaries over the next two years, noted Fortune.


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Other industry women who joined the illustrious ranks are Norsk Hydro’s chief executive Hilde Merete Aasheim in the number 24 slot, Jessica Uhl – chief financial officer of Shell - in 29th position, and Puma Energy chief executive Emma FitzGerald in 34th.