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.30 - REINHARD PLOSS (INFINEON TECHNOLOGY)

Age: 63   Years at current company: 6   Nationality: German   Industry: Semi-conductors   Turnover: $8.3   Rate of growth: 83.7% over the last five years   In the extremely competitive semi-conductors sector, Reinhard Ploss has overseen g...

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No.32 - MARTIN GILBERT (ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS)

Age: 62   Years at current company: 35   Nationality: Scottish   Industry: Finance   Turnover: $1.3bn*   Rate of growth: 10% in 2017     For three decades now Martin Gilbert has maintained a strategy of marrying organic growth and acquis...

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No.33 - SHANTANU NARAYEN (ADOBE SYSTEMS)

Age: 55   Years at current company: 20   Nationality: Indian   Industry: Software   Turnover: $7.8bn   Rate of growth: 63% over the last five years     The fact that Adobe has been able to make the jump from traditional software develope...

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No.34 - MARK BRISTOW (RANDGOLD RESOURCES)

Age: 59   Years at current company: 26   Nationality: South African   Industry: Mining   Turnover: $1.3bn   Rate of growth: 23% over the last five years     A geology professor, Mark Bristow joined Rand Mines in 1986 to head up its base...

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No.35 - BRUCE FLATT (BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT)

Age: 53   Years at current company:16   Nationality: Canadian   Industry: Finance   Turnover: $40.7bn   Rate of growth: 4.8% since 2015   Since Brookfield has been managed by Bruce Flatt, the group has expanded to some 30 countries and no...

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