An Alphabet shareholder has come under fire on Twitter after he called Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat a “lady CFO.”
A female shareholder wasn’t going to let that comment go unnoticed and soon called Porat the CFO and not the “lady CFO.”
Eric Schmidt, Alphabet’s CEO, also acknowledged the comment and wouldn’t let the shareholders comment slide when he answered a question and said “speaking as your male executive chairman.”
Porat was named as the CFO of Alphabet in May 2015. Before joining the company she was viewed as the one the best bankers in the world by a majority finance workers. She was the CFO at Morgan Stanley and one of the most powerful people on Wall Street.
Porat played a key role during the 2008 financial crisis and led Morgan Stanley’s tech banking franchise.
Porat also helped lead such popular IPOs as Amazon (), eBay ( ), Netscape and Priceline (
Porat graduated from Stanford University, has a master’s from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Here are just a few of the comments from Twitter users following the lady CFO comment.
@jguynn omg <headdesk>
— Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg) June 8, 2016
@eringriffith was his first question, "which kitchen do you work in at google, lady?"?
— Gerry Manolatos (@gmanolatos) June 8, 2016
— Paul R. La Monica (@LaMonicaBuzz) June 8, 2016
Some users joked about how Ruth Porat should have responded.
— Donna Leinwand Leger (@DonnaLeinwand) June 8, 2016
The comment does underscore a major issue in American business where only 5% of S&P 500 CEOs are women.
In the top four leadership positions, excluding the role of CEO, only 16.5% of these executives are women.
Silicon Valley in specific has been attempting to place more women in leadership roles in recent years.