16. Elizabeth Buse Group Executive, International, Visa
In the year since Elizabeth Buse became head of Visa’s international sales and client services business, she’s delivered double-digit growth across the board—18% in Asia-Pacific, and 27% in the Central Europe/Middle East/Africa markets, for the year ended June 30. An emphasis on Asia last year was particularly fruitful in the debit arena, with 43% higher annual volume. Buse accomplished these milestones in part with a management restructuring in her markets that led to a ramping up of corporate engagement with local managers to better understand and penetrate regional markets for debit, mobile and other payments channels. Buse, based in Singapore, has been with Visa since 1998.