50. Marie-Christine Caubet
Senior Vice President, Europe, Renault
2005 rank: 40
The top female auto executive in Europe had a tough year: Sales were down 4% in 2005, to 1.8 million vehicles, in a saturated,low-demand market. Now Caubet, 54, must prove she can revive business under CEO Carlos Ghosn's push to roll out new models and avoid unprofitable customers.
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