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44. Laura Sen
Laura Sen
President and CEO
BJ's Wholesale Club
2010 rank: New
Age: 55
Sen left in 2003 after failing to secure the CEO job at the warehouse retailer, but she returned to BJís in 2007 and was named CEO two years later. Last fiscal year she drove revenue to about $11 billion. In June two private equity firms agreed to buy BJís for $2.8 billion.
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From the October 17, 2011 issue
How we pick the Power 50
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.

Name 2010 total compensation
Safra A. Catz $42 million
Wellington J. Denahan-Norris $23.6 million
Carol Meyrowitz $19.2 million
Name Rank
Cynthia Carroll 1
Gail Kelly 2
Marjorie Scardino 3