45. Paul Bulcke
45. Paul Bulcke
CEO, Nestlé

Bulcke is a 31-year Nestlé veteran who became CEO of the Swiss food giant in April 2008, just as the wheels were coming off the global economy. Last year Bulcke boosted Nestlé's underlying earnings by 10.3% on a constant currency basis, despite soaring food commodity costs. Bulcke's strategy: hyper-efficient operations combined with an increased emphasis on upscale, highly profitable products like its Nespresso line of single-serve espresso capsules and coffee machines.

By Richard McGill Murphy, contributor @FortuneMagazine - Last updated November 17 2011: 5:58 PM ET
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