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26. Charlene Begley
Charlene Begley
President and CEO, GE Enterprise Solutions
General Electric (GE)
2007 rank: 26
Age: 41

Not only is this rising star the top female operator at GE, but she's the youngest SVP as well. In 2006, GE sold Begley's plastics business for $11.6 billion, and CEO Jeff Immelt handed her this new, tech-focused unit. Though GE's stock is down 36% this past year, she has delivered double-digit quarterly profit growth since taking the job.

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