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5. Barbara Dalibard
5. Barbara Dalibard
President and CEO
Orange Business Services
2008 rank: Return
Country: France

A telecom veteran who has been in the business for more than two decades, Dalibard, 51, has taken Orange Business Services, a division of France Telecom, in new directions.

This year she launched a new B-to-B initiative called the Enterprise Line of Business, which serves 6 million customers in 220 countries. She also debuted Orange's Machine-to-Machine Center, which facilitates automated communication for things like managing fleets of vehicles. And the company recently acquired Enora Technologies, which remotely monitors the health of "A-list" athletes.

Though Dalibard battled price pressures, Orange Business Services' 2008 revenues were up by 1.9% to $10.8 billion, while its gross operating margin was up by 17.4% to $ 2.17 billion.

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Last updated September 11 2009: 10:31 AM ET
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