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Marc Langenbrinck, Mercedes-Benz Schweiz CEO: Finding and Keeping the Exact Right Competitive Angle

Mercedes-Benz is enjoying a great run. Its cars have set new sales records in Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, and Poland – and elsewhere. In fact, the iconic German carmaker just reported its 60th consecutive month of record sales. Last year,

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Christian Mumenthaler, CEO of Swiss Re: Insuring Future Growth

The new frontier of insurance runs through cyberspace. Hacking has professionalised and is no longer the preserve of lone bespectacled teenagers with more brains than brawn trying to prove the point they failed to make during recess. Today’s hackers are

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Ana Botín: Reshaping the Financial Universe

The first woman to lead a major global financial services provider, Ana Botín remains one of only six women at the helm of a Fortune Global 100 company. Mrs Botín also tops the list of the world’s most powerful women

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Ursula von der Leyen: Close Cooperation

The first woman to preside over Germany’s Ministry of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen was appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel to re-establish order at the demoralised department. Mrs Von der Leyen is one of the longest-serving members of the German

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Jean-Claude Juncker: Gives as Good as He Gets

He is the man eurosceptics, and quite a few others, love to hate – the embodiment of all that is wrong with the European Union and the face of the “faceless bureaucrats” who rule from Brussels. Jean-Claude Juncker (62), a

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María Dolores de Cospedal: Seeking More Bang

Almost nobody saw her coming. In barely ten years, María Dolores de Cospedal went from a political nobody to become Spain’s minister of Defence – the second woman to claim that job – and partake in the secretive Bilderberg Conference,

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Stacey Ferreira: The Billion Dollar Pitch

Few people make their first million before they turn twenty, and fewer still can say they have penned an international best-seller to boot. Stacey Ferreira, however, has done both. And, as if that wasn’t enough, she is also the CEO

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Waldemar Januszczak: Art for the Millions

The BBC needs a David Attenborough of the arts and Waldemar Januszczak (63) may answer the call. Arguably Britain’s best loved art critic, Mr Januszczak managed to illuminate the Dark Ages without causing viewers to zap elsewhere – a considerable

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Tim Cook: Taking Care of Business

He wants to be remembered as a good and decent man. Not that he’s going anywhere, anytime soon: Apple CEO Tim Cook (56) is determined to take proper care of the legacy left by the company’s visionary founder Steve Jobs

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Emmanuel Macron: Perfect Timing

The fate of the European Union may well rest on his shoulders. Front-runner in the French election campaign, Emmanuel Macron (39) is widely expected – but not guaranteed – to trash Marine Le Pen in the May 7 run-off for

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