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43. Ilene Gordon
Ilene Gordon
Chairman, CEO and President
Ingredion
2011 rank: 42
Age: 59
Corn Products changed its name to Ingredion this year, reflecting a push to diversify. Gordon is leading the charge with deals such as the 2010 acquisition of specialty-starch business National Starch. She is broadening Ingredion's portfolio -- and its revenue too. Sales last year topped $6.2 billion.
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.