What could've been a step backwards for Margaret Keane 13 years ago turned out to be a savvy career move.

"I went from a big job at Citi to a much smaller job at GE and I kind of reset my career," says Keane, the president and chief executive of GE Money's $29 billion-asset Retail Consumer Finance business. "I think that was really a pivotal decision, and I never really looked back."

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