Inge Thulin

Chairman, CEO and President

3M

Description

Thulin wants to inspire more innovation in a company that's famous for Scotch tape, Scotchgard, and Post-It Notes. The Swedish-born Thulin's background is in marketing, not engineering, so look for him to give 3M's newer products a wider familiarity as well as boost its R&D budget. Its stock certainly is earning attention: Under his leadership, share price jumped from less than $90 in mid-October 2012 to more than $120 nearly a year later.