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25. Barbara Desoer
25. Barbara Desoer
President, Home Loans
Bank of America (BAC)
2008 rank: 27
Age: 56

Desoer has had numerous roles at Bank of America over the years, but in May 2008 she took on her toughest yet: integrating Countrywide and cleaning up BofA's massive mortgage problems. She has a shot at succeeding CEO Ken Lewis.

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Last updated September 15 2009: 12:58 PM ET
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