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10. Brenda Barnes
10. Brenda Barnes
Chairman and CEO
Sara Lee (SLE)
2008 rank: 9
Age: 55

Since taking the helm in 2005 after a six-year corporate sabbatical, she has shed businesses that made up 40% of revenue. Still, the stock has flagged.

NEXT: 11. Ginni Rometty
Last updated September 15 2009: 12:58 PM ET
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