The 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America

We identify the best and brightest leaders in business and industry

SHELLEY STEWART JR.
Senior VP, Operational Excellence & Chief Procurment Officer
Tyco International Ltd.
Power Move: Stewart leads Tyco’s Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Information Technology, Working Capital, Real Estate, and Strategic Sourcing Initiatives across the company.

DENIS SUGGS
President, Belden Americas Division
Belden Corp.
Power Move: Among Suggs’ responsibilities are all aspects of management within the division including sales, marketing, R&D, and manufacturing. Since joining Belden, Suggs has contributed to Belden’s launch of several new wire and cable products.

DONALD THOMPSON
President, McDonald’s USA
McDonald’s
Power Move: Thompson is responsible for strategic direction and overall business results of 13,845 restaurants in the U.S. Previously, Thompson led the crucial reorganization of the U.S. business, now in its fourth year of positive growth.

MATTHEW THORNTON III
Senior VP, U.S. Operations
FedEx Express
Power Move: Thornton directs all strategic planning operations, sales, marketing, and engineering for the integrated network of FedEx Express Ground, Freight, Line-haul, and Ramp operations in the U.S. He plays a key role in achieving the company’s goal of increasing the U.S. export segment of FedEx.

ROLAND THORNTON
Executive VP, Wholesale Markets
Qwest Communications
Power Move: Thornton is responsible for sales, service, carrier relations, and operations for Qwest’s wholesale business. Thornton is accountable for the profit and loss for one of Qwest’s three business units; his responsibilities include annual revenue of more than $3.2 billion.

MICHAEL A. TODMAN
President, Whirlpool North America
Whirlpool
Power Move: Todman oversees the company’s North America Region, which includes about 20,000 people. Todman has held a range of roles within Whirlpool, including senior vice president of Sales and Marketing and vice president of Sears Sales and Marketing, Whirlpool North America.

SHERICE TORRES
Senior VP, Global Home Entertainment, Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products
Viacom
Power Move: Torres oversees home entertainment for MTV Network’s core brands: Nickelodeon; Nick Jr.; Comedy Central; Spike TV; Nick at Nite; and TV Land in the U.S., Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

TRACEY T. TRAVIS
Senior VP, Finance & CFO
Polo Ralph Lauren
Power Move: Travis is responsible for corporate finance worldwide, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, and business development. She is also responsible for investor relations and IT.

REED V. TUCKSON
Executive VP & Chief of Medical Affairs
UnitedHealth Group
Power Move: As a physician first, Tuckson focuses on the continuum of social, environmental, and medical challenges his patients and customers face daily.
“Success for me as an individual, and as a corporate executive, depends on my ability to work with colleagues to translate ideas into cost-effective health solutions.” For the last two years, Tuckson has overseen the clinically related programs of UnitedHealth Groups’ seven operating businesses and has oversight for the work of more than 10,000 clinical personnel. Tuckson plans to improve the quality and efficiency of health services in 2009 by working to “assist in the early identification of illness, and support physicians to provide quality care.”

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