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Robert Trigaux

Again, innovative HSN CEO Mindy Grossman makes Forbes list of world's most powerful women



Wake up and good morning. A St. Petersburg CEO and resident, HSN's Mindy Grossman, is once again on the Forbes annual list of the 100 "most powerful women" in the world. Grossman, 54, ranks 96th, low on the list perhaps but impressive not only to make it all but to repeat it for the third time. She also made the list in 2011 and 2009.

Not bad when she's competing with the likes of Angela Merkel, who as Germany's leaders is pretty much calling the shots in the European economic crisis. Or Hillary Clinton, a perennial powerhouse in politics. Or Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Melinda Gates, and CEOs Ursula Burns of Xerox, Meg Whitman of HP and new Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer.

It's not as if the list of the 100 most powerful women is otherwise swimming with Floridians...

In addition to strong TV and online retailing execution, Grossman's also pushing HSN into new territories, including the pursuit of female gamers with the creation of HSN Arcade. As Grossman told Forbes: "We're going into new areas of business, creating a cross between media, tech, retail and entertainment. It's just the beginning."

Here's one of the best advice lines of Grossman: Hire Tiggers, not Eeyores.

Interesting how HSN's Grossman made this prestigious list in the very same week that the company's co-founder, Roy Speer, passed away.

See the entire Forbes ranking here. Congratulations to Mindy Grossman. Again.

-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times


[Last modified: Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:22am]


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