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5. Paul Maritz, VMware
Paul Maritz, VMware

Maritz notched the largest year-to-year improvement -- a 90% approval rating, up from 75% -- for his leadership at the enterprise-focused software virtualization company.

By Julianne Pepitone @CNNMoneyTech - Last updated March 30 2012: 3:10 PM ET
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