Chairman and CEO Frontier Communications 2010 rank: 40 Age: 56
With its 2010 acquisition of Verizon assets complete, the rural carrier is on track to post more than $5 billion in 2011 and earn a spot on the Fortune 500. The super-connected
Wilderotter has her counterparts at bigger telcos on speed dial and sits on the boards of Xerox and P&G.
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the womanís business in the global economy, the health and direction of the
business, the arc of the womanís career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.