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17. Sheri McCoy
Sheri McCoy
Avon Products
2011 rank: 10
Age: 53
After being passed over for the top job at Johnson & Johnson, McCoy left to become Avon's CEO in April. She inherits from predecessor Andrea Jung a company in need of a makeover: It is in the midst of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation, profits fell 15% in 2011, and the stock is down 22% for the year.
From the October 8, 2012 issue
How we pick the Power 50
The list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman's career (resume and runway ahead), and societal and cultural influence.