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39. Kate Swann
Kate Swann
CEO
W.H. Smith
Country: Britain
2007 rank: 32

In a gloomy retail market, sales continued to slow for the bookseller and news agent, despite the attempt by Swann, 43, to turn around the business through cost cutting. Revenues dropped 3%, to $2.6 billion, in 2007. Swann is expanding W.H. Smith with new stores in highway service stations and has unveiled post office counters in 77 of the chain's more than 850 locations.

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