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  • Age
    39
  • Title
    Global Cohead, Internet Investment Banking
  • Company
    Goldman Sachs

Posnett headed to Holly­wood after college, but after two years (her biggest role was an extra in Phone Booth, a 2003 Colin Farrell thriller), she decided to move on. It set up her true starring role: ­Posnett has become one of tech’s most prominent dealmakers, leading deals like crafts retailer Etsy’s IPO and Demandware’s $2.8 billion acquisition by Salesforce. “Doing a deal is all about telling a story. And how to tell a story, particularly someone else’s story, is something I learned from acting,” she says. Most admires: Angela Merkel.

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