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Pat Curran
32. Pat Curran
EVP, Store Operations, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT)
2005 rank: New
Age: 42
Curran started out as an hourly employee in the pets department. Now she's the top operations executive for Wal-Mart's 3,800-plus U.S. stores, which cash in $210 billion in annual sales.
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