CEO, Ford Motor
Ford's board recently announced that Alan Mulally will continue to serve as Ford's (Fortune 500) CEO through 2014, another vote of confidence in the man who steered the auto maker through its worst times during the recession, all without a government bailout. Ford earned its largest profit since 1998 last year and hung on to the No. 2 spot it had taken from , Toyota ( in 2010. --OA )
He's a pro-customer, tightfisted risk-taker who is conditioning Wall Street to embrace his erratic earnings. If you're running a business with high margins - watch out.