TRENDS AND TRIUMPHS
In the dot-com bubble days, high technology and telecommunications managers crowded BusinessWeek's's top 25 list, including the likes of Cisco Systems President and CEO John Chambers and NTT DoCoMo President Keiji Tachikawa. Also on the list: Enron's Ken Lay, Martha Stewart, and MCI WorldCom's Bernie Ebbers -- which goes to show how the definition of "great performance" has changed in the past five years.
Another one of the year's champs was Nintendo of America President Minoru Arakawa, who didn't let skeptics stop him from bringing Pokeman to the U.S. and proving that making money can indeed be child's play.
HOT THEN, HOT NOW
Jenny Ming, president of Old Navy since 1998, added plus-size lines for women and children in 2004 -- the first Gap chain and the first mass-appeal retailer to go bigger. She is also helping Gap launch a new mid-price clothing chain for women 35-50.