The Global Power 50

With 11 newcomers - several of them American expats gone to Europe - our list of the most powerful women in global business demonstrates their rise in male-dominated fields, from nuclear energy to mining to oil.

34. Ilene Gordon
President and CEO
Alcan Packaging
Country: France
2006 rank:  New

Since being promoted to the top spot last December, Gordon, 54, has taken the aggressive plan she devised for her North American division to the whole company. Instead of taking a defensive posture in response to competition from emerging markets, the MIT-trained mathematician-turned-manager has added new plants in Russia and India.
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