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.25 - TAKASHI TANAKA (KDDI)

Age: 61   Years at current company: 8   Nationality: Japanese   Industry: Telecoms   Turnover: $44bn   Rate of growth: 26.3% since 2014     In an extremely competitive sector, this Japanese executive has put his faith in a ‘3M’ strategy...

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No. 26 - Ajay Banga (Mastercard)

Age: 58   Years at current company: 8   Nationality: Indian   Industry: Finance   Turnover: $12.1bn   Rate of growth: 50% over the last five years     The head of one of the world’s best known brands is the architect of a veritable finte...

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No.27 - GERMAN LARREA MOTA-VELASCO (GRUPO MEXICO)

Age: 76   Years at current company: 24   Nationality: Mexican   Industry: Mining   Turnover: $11.3bn   Rate of growth: 20% since 2016     Ever since regained control of ­Grupo Mexico, German Larrea has worked hard to diversify its activi...

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No.28 - DEBRA CAFARO (VENTAS)

Age: 60   Years at current company: 19   Nationality: American   Industry: Real Estate & Healthcare   Turnover: $3.1bn   Rate of growth: 25% over the last five years       Debra Cafaro rode to the rescue of Ventas in 1999 at a time...

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No. 29 - ALFRED CHAN WING KIN (HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY)

Age: 67   Years at current company: 11   Nationality: Chinese   Industry: Energy   Turnover: $3.4bn   Rate of growth: 52% over the last five years     An engineer by training, Alfred Chan Wing Kin, has been chairman of the Hong Kong and...

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