Most Powerful Women: EMEA

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More than half the members of our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) list are heads of major companies, six are new­comers, and 10 are located in the U.K. One surprise: Nine of our MPWs—including No. 1 Ana Botín­ of ­Banco ­Santan­der—work in finance, a sector known for its dearth of women. See this year's other MPW lists:
RANK NAME TITLE AFFILIATION COUNTRY AGE
1 Ana Botín Executive Chairman Banco Santander Spain 54
2 Alison Cooper CEO Imperial Tobacco U.K. 49
3 Annika Falkengren President and CEO SEB Group Sweden 53
4 Güler Sabancı Chairman and Managing Director Sabancı Holding Turkey 60
5 Ornella Barra President and CEO of Global Wholesale and International Retail, EVP Walgreens Boots Alliance U.K. 61
6 Patricia Barbizet CEO and Chairman, Christie's International; CEO, Artémis Groupe Artémis France 60
7 Carolyn McCall CEO EasyJet U.K. 53
8 Véronique Laury CEO Kingfisher U.K. 50
9 Moya Greene CEO Royal Mail U.K. 61
10 Dominique Senequier President Ardian France 62
11 Maria Ramos Group CEO Barclays Africa South Africa 56
12 Dominique Leroy CEO Proximus Belgium 50
13 Nancy McKinstry Chairman and CEO Wolters Kluwer Netherlands 56
14 Shelley Broader CEO and President, EMEA Walmart Canada 51
15 Serpil Timuray Regional CEO, AMAP Vodafone U.K. 46
16 Lubna Olayan Deputy Chairperson and CEO Olayan Financing Saudi Arabia 60
17 Elizabeth Corley Global CEO Allianz Global Investors U.K. 58
18 Isabelle Ealet Global Co-Head of Securities Goldman Sachs U.K. 52
19 Isabelle Kocher Deputy CEO and COO Engie France 48
20 Pascale Witz Executive Vice President, Global Divisions and Strategic Development Sanofi France 48
21 Margarita Louis-Dreyfus Chairperson of Supervisory Board Louis Dreyfus Holding Switzerland 53
22 Marina Berlusconi Chairman, Mondadori Group; Executive Chairman, Fininvest Fininvest Group Italy 49
23 Rakefet Russak-Aminoach CEO and President Leumi Group Israel 49
24 Emma Walmsley CEO, GSK Consumer Healthcare GSK U.K. 46
25 Ann Cairns President, International Markets MasterCard U.K. 58
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Rakefet Russak-Aminoach

CEO and President, Leumi Group, 49
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Rakefet Russak-Aminoach has been leaning in since 1992, when she started her career as the personal assistant to Bank Leumi’s then-deputy CEO Galia Maor (later known as Israel’s Iron Lady of banking). The two developed a close professional relationship—so much that Russak-Aminoach’s personal style hews very closely to Maor’s signature look of short tucked-behind-the-ears hair and dark red nails. Though the Israeli left her mentor’s tutelage and later became general manager of a major accounting firm, she eventually returned to Bank Leumi to work under then-CEO Maor. Russak-Aminoach took over the top job in 2012 and endured a rough first few years, marked by sinking profits and a U.S. tax evasion investigation. But 2015 is looking up. In the first half of the year, Bank Leumi raked in profits of $451 million, up 107% since the same period last year. —Claire Groden

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Country Israel
Previous Rank -
Newcomer? YES

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Millions ($)
2014 Revenues 4,246
2014 Profits 420
Market Value (as of 09/01/15) 5,552

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