President, Northern Division, Home Depot, 53
Hanlon oversees 795 stores in 24 states—a roughly $30 billion purview that’s been critical to maintaining Home Depot’s ongoing retail winning streak. Even though housing sales have declined, consumers are still spending big money on DIY projects. In August the company reported the highest quarterly sales and net earnings in its almost 40-year history, beating analyst expectations and upping its own guidance. Investors like what they see: The stock is up 32% over the past 12 months.