A lack of a long-term strategy is a good indication of a company that lacks ambition, and this is often a fatal flaw. For our first ever Top 100 Executives list, Leaders League took the conscious decision to highlight those executives who, without losing sight of the present, have been able to envisage the future. It’s notoriously difficult to find a way for these two temporalities to coexist in today’s fast-paced digital world, but all those on our list have outstanding leadership abilities, iron determination and, of course, The Vision Thing.

Top 100 Executives - France

No. 41 PATRICIA BARBIZET (ARTEMIS)

Age: 63   Years at current company: 29   Industry: Finance   Turnover: N/A   Rate of growth: N/A   All bosses dream of finding "their" Patricia Barbizet. This ESCP graduate is known for her busy career and her desire to innovate in the area...

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No. 42 - FRANCOISE MONTENAY (CHANEL)

Age: 62   Years at current company: 11   Industry: Luxury goods   Turnover: $9.8bn   Rate of growth: 11% since 2016   Having crafted Chanel’s digital revolution, Françoise Montenay nevertheless refuses to sell the brand’s products online. S...

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No.43 - CLARA GAYMARD (RAISE)

Age: 58   Years at current company: 5   Industry: Private Equity   Turnover: N/A   Rate of growth: N/A   After ten years at the head of General Electric France, Clara Gaymard left to co-found Raise, a philanthropic investment and endowment...

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No.44 - ERIC PLAT (ATOL)

Age: 53   Years at current company: 8   Industry: Retail   Turnover: $425m   Rate of growth: 4% since 2010   Eric Plat has been at the head of Atol, France’s fourth-largest chain of opticians, for almost a decade now. With over 750 stores i...

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No.45 - PHILIPPE POULETTY (TRUFFLE CAPITAL)

Age: 58   Years at current company: 17   Industry: Finance   Turnover: $13.7m in 2016   Rate of growth: N/A   Specializing in healthcare and digital technologies, the private equity firm Truffle Capital is experiencing significant growth th...

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