The 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America

We identify the best and brightest leaders in business and industry

President & CEO, Progress Energy Carolinas
Progress Energy
Power Move: Yates oversees all aspects of the Carolinas delivery operations, including distribution and customer service, transmission, and products and services. He previously served as Senior Vice President, PEC, where he was responsible for managing the four regional vice presidents in the PEC organization.

Senior VP, Development & Manufacturing, IBM Systems & Technology Group
Power Move: Adkins directs IBM’s global server and storage systems hardware and software development and leads the microelectronics business, including technology development and semiconductor process and manufacturing operations for specific integrated circuits.

Corporate VP &
President, Production Systems Group
Power Move: Allen is responsible for Xerox’s $5 billion global production business and directs Xerox’s efforts to leverage the complementary power of digital printing in the offset printing market, targeting key areas such as just-in-time printing, customized printing, and on-demand publishing.

President, Sales & Distribution
Sprint Nextel
Power Move: Alves is accountable for all of Sprint’s sales and distribution operations, including the consumer, general business, enterprise and public sector sales segments, and all direct and indirect channels. Furthermore, he oversees services and consulting and the development of strategic alliances.

Senior VP & Chief Tax Officer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Power Move: Babineaux-Fontenot is responsible for the global tax function. Her team must ensure compliance with the tax laws of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, China, Japan, and the U.K.

Executive VP & COO
Power Move: Barr is responsible for worldwide business units, including Early Development and Commercialization Services. His achievements include introducing Covance to Six Sigma and the construction of a state-of-the-art lab in Arizona.

Executive VP, Corporate President & CFO
The Boeing Co.
Power Move: A 36-year Boeing veteran, Bell is a seasoned executive at the world’s largest aerospace company. His expertise in business performance and strategic growth helped him serve as interim president and CEO in 2005. Today as chief financial officer, Bell is responsible for the overall financial management of Boeing, its financial reporting and transparency, and for multiple corporate functions including controller, treasury, investor relations, long-range planning, and corporate and strategic development. He also oversees two key Boeing businesses: Boeing Capital Corp. and Boeing Shared Services, a multibillion-dollar business unit that provides internal services across the company’s global enterprise.

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