Junko Nakagawa
Executive managing director and CFO
Nomura Holdings, Inc.
2011 Global Rank: 34
Country: Japan

In a country where very few women occupy "C-level" offices, Nakagawa, 46, shattered two glass ceilings this year. A promotion to CFO made her the first woman to hold the post in Nomura Holdings' 85-year history. She was also named the first female executive managing director on the board, on which she serves with four men.


Last updated September 29 2011: 6:52 AM ET
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