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11. Ginni Rometty
11. Ginni Rometty
SVP, Global Sales and Distribution
IBM (IBM)
2008 rank: 14
Age: 52

This Big Blue lifer took over the top sales job in January after successfully running IBM's $19.6 billion consulting services business. A potential CEO successor, she's continued to drive profits by targeting government stimulus work.

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Last updated September 15 2009: 12:58 PM ET
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