Female power players within the retail industry are notably fewer than their male counterparts.

Last year, Terre Simpson, president of Simpson Associates, a retail and apparel executive search firm in Manhattan, said, “You can almost name the top female powerhouses in the retail community on one hand.” So who are they? Obviously, not all are ceos — yet.

WWD pulled top ranking females from its 2005 executive compensation report. In in many cases, compensation — not to mention future advancement — is related to company performance. There are significant differences in the stock prices, which merely reflects the paucity of female executives within the industry. Below are their rankings, based upon how their companies’ shares have fared over the past year.

For the complete WWDList see tomorrow’s WWD.

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