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Forbes list of '100 most powerful women' in world yields one from Tampa Bay



MindygrossmanHSNCEODirkShadd Who from Tampa Bay made it on to the new annual Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women?

Once again, Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, was No. 1.

Surprisingly, perhaps, FDIC chair Sheila Bair landed at No. 2 -- alas, one more indication that she has such enormous power because many U.S. banks are likely to fail in the coming years. Seventy seven have failed since the start of 2009.

Here are the Top Ten from Forbes:

1 Angela Merkel Chancellor/Germany
2 Sheila Bair Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp./U.S.
3 Indra Nooyi Chief executive, PepsiCo/U.S.
4 Cynthia Carroll Chief executive, Anglo American/U.K.
5 Ho Ching Chief executive, Temasek Holdings/Singapore
6 Irene Rosenfeld Chief executive, Kraft Foods/U.S.
7 Ellen Kullman Chief executive, DuPont/U.S.
8 Angela Braly Chief executive, WellPoint/U.S.
9 Anne Lauvergeon Chief executive, Areva/France
10 Lynn Elsenhans Chief executive, Sunoco/U.S.

And who landed on the top 100 list from Tampa Bay? Try Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, who came in at No. 96. Here's what Forbes had to say:

"Grossman pulls from 30 years of retail experience to lead HSN, where she oversees a $3 billion portfolio that includes cable network HSN, its affiliate Web site and retailer Cornerstone Brands. The network is the fourth-largest in the U.S., but still second to its home-shopping competitor QVC.

"Grossman relaunched the network in 2007, hoping product variety would improve its image among higher-end audiences. HSN has fared better than rivals during the recession. Previous roles include head of Nike's apparel business, chief of Polo Jeans and president of Chaps Ralph Lauren."

So, do you agree with this Forbes list? Anyone else from Tampa Bay who should be considered?

(Mindy Grossman photo by Dirk Shadd of the St. Petersburg Times.)

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:25am]


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