8. Nancy McKinstry
Chairman and CEO, Wolters Kluwer
2005 rank: 7
The roadmap drawn up nearly three years ago, when the American-born McKinstry, 47, became CEO of the Dutch publishing and online-services company, is paying off. Innovative electronic products and software, smart acquisitions, and strong market knowledge boosted revenue last year by 3%, to $4.2 billion. McKinstry has no problem being an American in Europe, saying it "combines the best of both worlds."
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