1. Ken Chenault, Chief Executive Officer
1. Ken Chenault, Chief Executive Officer
CEO, American Express

The CEO of our Executive Dream Team needs to be respected, admired, a team builder -- and good in the clutch. American Express skipper Chenault, 60, has all those qualities and more: He had a steady hand through the last financial crisis, he's expanded into new areas like bank-issued AmEx cards, and, crucially, he's considered a good boss.

Last updated August 22 2011: 1:30 PM ET
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