MANY CHIEF EXECUTIVES ARE CRITICAL to their organizations. But a much smaller number really matter on Wall Street.
In assembling our third annual list of 30 top corporate leaders from around the world, we've sought to identify CEOs who have top-notch reputations in the financial community and who likely would be missed by investors if they unexpectedly left their jobs. This admittedly is a subjective call, but we've talked to plenty of investors, looked at financial and stock-market performance and assessed intangible factors like leadership and industry stature. We've drawn on the knowledge of our staff, many of whom have contributed to this article.