No. 8 Mike Hurd (CEO): NCR Corp.
Mike Hurd’s decision to leave NCR Corporation for Hewlett-Packard startled many industry analysts. Hurd is credited for leading a turnaround at NCR Corp., which is most renowned as a leader in ATMs and point-of-sale systems. As CEO, Hurd pushed NCR’s transformation from hardware shop into a consulting company and boosting the company’s presence in China. While Hurd was CEO of NCR, the company’s stock rose an impressive 332 percent. With new opportunities that the competition will leverage, it will be difficult for the new successor to match that level of growth.