Katie Vanneck-Smith

Customer officer and global managing director

Dow Jones

Last year, Vanneck-Smith appeared on this list as the chief marketing officer for News UK. As testament to how much this marketer, who has been in the News Corp fold for more than six years, is valued, she was promoted to this heavyweight international role in September. As well as responsibility for marketing and customer relationships globally, she now also takes charge of P&L for Dow Jones every­where except the US. A newspaper marketer through and through, she’s known for being tough, curious, collaborative, creative, energetic and a hard worker. She is also open about her ambition to be a chief executive.

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