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 - International

No.15 - CARLOS BRITO (AB INBEV)

Age: 58   Years at current company: 29   Nationality: Brazilian   Industry: Brewing   Turnover: $56bn   Rate of growth: 10% per year over the last five years   Born in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Alves Brito got his MBA from Stanford, before g...

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No.16 - LARS RASMUSSEN (COLOPLAST)

Age: 59   Years at current company:10   Nationality: Danish   Industry: Medical devices   Turnover: $2.3bn   Rate of growth: 175% over the last ten years   When Lars Rasmussen took the reins at Coloplast in 2008, the company had just 4,00...

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No.17 - MASAYOSHI SON (SOFTBANK)

Age: 61   Years at current company: 38   Nationality: Japanese   Industry: Telecommunications   Turnover: $86.2bn   Rate of growth: 500% over the last ten years       Masayoshi Son founded SoftBank in 1980. In its early days the company...

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No.18 - HISASHI IETSUGU (SYSMEX)

Age: 69   Years at current company: 22   Nationality: Japanese   Industry: Healthcare   Turnover: $2.2bn   Rate of growth: 52.8% since 2014     In order to facilitate the growth of his company, the Japanese businessman deployed a busines...

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No.19 - Michael Mussallem (Edwards Lifesciences)

Age: 65   Years at current company: 18   Nationality: American   Industry: Medical equipment   Turnover: $3.4bn   Rate of growth: 162% since 2009     Michael Mussallem pulled off a crazy bet ‒ to become the first company to specialize in...

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