Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in business

Nearly everyone on the list is striving to reinvent her business. Meet a group of executives who don't sit still.

3.  Ellen Kullman

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  • Title: Chairman and CEO
  • Company: DuPont
  • Age: 57
  • Last year's rank: 5

Her reset of DuPont (selling commodity units, moving into high-margin areas) is paying off: The stock has more than doubled during her tenure, vs. the S&P 86% rise. Nevertheless, Kullman must contend with investor Nelson Peltz, who is likely to want more units shed.

Additional reporting by Miguel Helft, Jessi Hempel, Adam Lashinsky, Jennifer Reingold, Shawn Tully, Patricia Sellers and Alex Taylor III
  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated November 21 2013 02:44 PM ET
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How we pick the Most Powerful Women
The Most Powerful Women in Business list is compiled by FORTUNE editors, who consider four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman's career (resume and runway ahead), and social and cultural influence.
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