Meet the remarkable executives and entrepreneurs who reshape industries, build brands, and redesign some of the world's largest organizations,
Their individual and collective efforts play a significant role in changing our world, We dare you not to be inspired by their groundbreaking achievements
THE GLOBAL STRATEGIST
URSULA M. BURNS * Chairman & CEO, Xerox Corp.
As chairman and CEO of Xerox, a nearly $23 billion business process and document management company, Burns is the only African American woman to head one of the nation's largest publicly traded companies. Her vast business empire of 140,000 employees serves clients in more than 160 countries. Burns is taking the company to the next level: The $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services, the largest acquisition in the history of Xerox, has expanded the company's presence in the $500 billion business services market. Her advice has been sought out by none other than the president of the United States, who selected Burns to serve as vice chair of the president's Export Council.
THE RETAIL POWERHOUSE
ROSALIND BREWER * President & CEO, Sam's Club
Brewer controls Sam's Club, a members-only warehouse club channel with revenues of $56 billion and 620 outlets nationwide. This division of Walmart exceeds scores of major corporations in revenue and scale. Brewer, an advocate of small business, seeks to drive Sam's Club membership expansion and satisfaction through innovation, merchandise diversity, and a strong e-commerce component. She will maintain the retailer's relationship with the Small Business Administration while further developing the Sam's Club Giving Program, which donates $2 million in micro-lending to benefit women- and minority-owned enterprises.
CONTROLLING A PIECE OF THE ROCK
LORI DICKERSON FOUCHE
* President & COO, Group Insurance, Prudential Financial Inc.
A 20-year industry veteran, Fouche left her role as president and CEO of Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. last June to take over a unit at one of the nation's largest insurers. In her role, she is responsible for life, disability, and voluntary product offerings; sales and account management; and service delivery and marketing. In leading this division, Fouche brings an innovative approach to serving institutional clients in connection with employee and membership benefits.
THE PIPELINE TO POWER
* President, Distribution Business, Cummins Inc.
Carter oversees the division that sells and provides Cummins products to customers in more than 190 countries and territories. As such, her unit has been a key contributor to this manufacturer of power generation equipment, power systems, gasoline engines, and custom power supplies that produced sales of $17.3 billion in 2012. In her previous post with the company, Carter managed operations for Cummins Filtration, making her the first woman in the nation to assume such a high-powered position in that manufacturing sector.
LEADERS OF BIG PHARMA
* EVP & President, Consumer Health Care, Merck & Co. Inc.
FREDA C. LEWIS-HALL
* EVP & Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Inc.
Global spending on medicines is expected to grow to $1 trillion in 2014. That's why it is important for top executives such as Heller and Lewis-Hall to infuse innovative products and solutions not only within their Big Pharma companies but within the industry as a whole. In her role at Merck, Heller seeks new growth opportunities worldwide, leveraging household names such as Afrin, Claritin, Coppertone, and Dr. Scholl's. Pfizer's Lewis-Hall, a physician, leads corporate initiatives related to medical information, patient safety, regulatory affairs, and quality assurance.
THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPION
GALE V. KING * EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide
As executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Nationwide Insurance, King's role in fostering innovation and sharpening the competitive edge at the $22 billion property and casualty insurer is to "drive the people agenda for the organization." A vital member of the senior leadership team, King works closely with CEO Stephen Rasmussen and manages an expansive portfolio focused on all aspects of talent management: Human resources strategy, compensation and benefits, associate and leadership development, succession management, organizational effectiveness, and diversity and inclusion. Moreover, she advocates inclusion within employee, management, and supplier ranks as well as within corporate activities because "our organization should reflect the markets that we serve."
BE 100s ADVERTISING LEADERS
FAY FERGUSON AND McGHEE WILLIAMS OSSE
* Co-CEOs, Burrell Communications Group
MONIQUE L. NELSON
* CEO, UniWorld Group Inc.
CAROL H. WILLIAMS
* President & CEO, Carol H. Williams Advertising Inc.
These entrepreneurs develop campaigns to ensure that their corporate clients gain market share through their targeted efforts. Known for their agency's innovative approach, Ferguson and Williams Osse, co-CEOs at Burrell Communications Group (No. 3 on the BE ADVERTISING AGENCIES list with $ 35 million in revenues), continue to gain recognition for the multiplatform "Only the Name Remains" campaign for the 2013 Toyota Avalon featuring actor Idris Elba. Nelson, CEO of UniWorld Group Inc. (No. 6 on the BE ADVERTISING AGENCIES list with $19 million in revenues), was awarded the Multiethnic Interactive Media Award from American Advertising Federation Diversity Achievement 5 Mosaic Awards for its "Retool Your School" campaign for Home Depot. And Williams, President & CEO, Carol H. Williams Advertising Inc. (No. 7 on the BE ADVERTISING AGENCIES list with $15 million in revenues), was chosen by Visit Oakland as its new agency after a grueling selection process.