Title: Chairman, President and CEO
Company: Rite Aid
Company rank: 142
Compensation: $4.3 million
Mary Sammons can be credited with helping revive Rite Aid: The drugstore operator was in the corporate ER facing bankruptcy because of an accounting scandal when she joined the troubled company as president in 1999.
Rite Aid, now a $17.5 billion powerhouse, has fully recovered and is making more positive headlines, this time for becoming the third-largest national drugstore outfit after it bought the Brooks and Eckerd pharmacy chains in 2007. Sammons is still hard at work and is focusing on bringing in new products to its more than 5,000 stores. NEXT: Anne Mulcahy