4. Pat Woertz
CEO and President, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
2005 rank: 6
Talk about a brief retirement. In March the 29-year Chevron veteran stepped down from running the $194 billion company's downstream division. By May she had stepped into the corner office at the $37 billion agribusiness giant. Woertz's energy expertise is expected to guide ADM's push in renewable fuels (see story, page 166). Her timing was impeccable: Riding a commodities boom, ADM stock has had a good run.
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