By Claire Zillman
September 9, 2016

Fortune just released its 2016 Most Powerful Women International list. You can check it out here.

This year’s list has a fresh look since it’s one ranking of businesswomen outside the United States, rather than two lists divided into separate regions—EMEA and Asia Pacific. That change has reshuffled the ranks for these impressive execs and identified a single No. 1—Ana Botín, group executive chairman of Banco Santander. She leads the Eurozone’s largest bank by market value that managed to eke out a small growth in profit last year even amid volatile times.

The list also boasts some noteworthy newcomers, including recently-appointed CEOs Alison Brittain of U.K. conglomerate Whitbread, and Anne Richards of M&G Investments.

The geographic diversity of the honorees spans 19 countries, though almost half come from England and China.

You’ll notice that despite landing on this list, few of the executives had an easy year as sluggish growth, the slowdown in China, geopolitical upheaval, and a strong U.S. dollar tested their leadership.

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EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA

Managing in crises
Güler Sabancı, chairman and managing director of Sabancı Holding (and No. 7 on the new MPW International list), is Turkey’s most powerful businesswoman. Her past experience leading through tumultuous times is guiding how she’s handling the business challenges associated with Turkey’s aborted coup.
Fortune

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Upset city
Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova stunned the sports world on Thursday by upsetting No. 1 Serena Williams in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open. Pliskova’s victory puts her in a Grand Slam title match for the first time and makes her the first Czech woman to reach the U.S. Open final since Helena Sukova in 1993.
Sports Illustrated


THE AMERICAS

Speed bumps
GM’s Mary Barra, No. 1 on Fortune‘s U.S. MPW list this year, has steered the carmaker through its ignition scandal and delivered undeniably stellar earnings. If only the company’s stock price would respond in kind. 
Fortune
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Getting a word in
TV anchor Matt Lauer cut Hillary Clinton off Wednesday night as she tried to answer a question at a town hall, prompting commenters to call out Lauer for ‘manterrupting’ and accuse him of a sexist interview approach. 
Fortune
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Looking like a president
After that same town hall, Republican chair Reince Priebus criticized Clinton for having “no smile” during her interview, echoing Donald Trump’s earlier comments that Clinton lacks a  “presidential look.” Those remarks prompted opinion columnist Alexandra Petri to advise Clinton on how to achieve the “look” of each U.S. president going back to George Washington, and her pointers are pure gold.
Washington Post

ASIA-PACIFIC

A new era
A former TV host who goes by the single name Renho is in the running to be the new leader of Japan’s main opposition party. A victory for her could usher in a new era for the Democratic Party, which lost badly in the election in the upper house in July and is still tied to the fumbled response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Economist

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A model with a message
Reshma Qureshi went viral last year after posting a video advocating for an end to the rampant sale of acid in India. The 19-year-old who was disfigured in an acid attack in 2014 took her message to New York Fashion Week on Thursday when she walked in designer Archana Kochhar’s show.
Cosmopolitan


IN BRIEF

Sarah Storey becomes most decorated British female Paralympian of all time
Guardian
See Michelle Obama on the cover of InStyle and Essence
New York Magazine
Hillary Clinton loves reading Elena Ferrante
Entertainment Weekly
Angelina Jolie makes a surprise appearance at the UN peacekeeping summit
Guardian

PARTING WORDS

We have more work to do. We’ve got to get to every single employee.
- —GM CEO Mary Barra talking with Fortune about changing her company's culture.

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