FORTUNE's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen

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29. Charlene Begley
Charlene Begley
President and CEO, GE Home and Business Solutions; SVP and CIO, GE
2011 rank: 20
Age: 45
A weak housing market hurt Begley's $8.5 billion home and business division, which includes appliances. Operating profit last year dipped 34%, to $300 million. And while GE stock is on a tear, analysts speculate that the home solutions unit could be due for restructuring.
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.