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44. Carol Tomé
Carol Tomé
CFO and EVP, Corporate Services
Home Depot
2011 rank: Return
Age: 55
She's one of the best CFOs in business, but Tomé is also a strategist and CEO Frank Blake's right-hand woman. She helped orchestrate Home Depot's recent turnaround, which put the stock at a 12-year high this year. Analysts say she's a CFO with CEO potential.
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.