75 Most Powerful Women In Business

Jessica C. Isaacs
SVP, Field Operations and Global Reinsurance,
Chartis International

Isaacs, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, has global responsibility for the personal lines of business operations in South America, Africa, the UK, Ireland, and North America. Isaacs also has global responsibility for all reinsurance negotiations and treaty placements in 57 countries where her division operates.

Melissa E. James
Managing Director
Morgan Stanley

James runs the loan products group at Morgan Stanley. She has responsibility for managing the origination of more than $50 billion of loan commitments for the firm’s clients. James is also a member of Morgan Stanley’s capital commitment committee.

Sheila C. Johnson
CEO & Founder
Salamander Hospitality

Johnson founded Salamander Hospitality–which owns, manages, and develops hotels, resorts, and inns–in 2005. Previously, Johnson was a founding partner of Black Entertainment Television (BET). Johnson is the only African American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams (WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, and the NHL’s Washington Capitals).

Debra Lee
Chairman & CEO
BET Holdings Inc.

Lee is responsible for BET’s original programming strategy and last September, she managed the launch of Centric, the 24-hour entertainment network featuring artists, music, series, movies, and reality programming. She also oversees the company’s current growth initiatives, including international distribution of the brand in the United Kingdom and Africa.

Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D.
SVP & Chief Medical Officer
Pfizer Inc.

As the most senior physician at the pharmaceutical giant, Lewis-Hall leads medical, patient safety, regulatory affairs, and quality assurance efforts throughout Pfizer, as well as outreach to doctors and other medical professionals. Prior to joining Pfizer, Lewis-Hall was at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for clinical and nonclinical development and both medical and regulatory affairs.