2017

Inge Thulin

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
Sally Smith

Sally Smith

Smith and Buffalo Wild Wings keep flying higher. It's now pushing toward 1,000 franchises, and not all of them are in the United States. The company opened its first restaurants
Ken Powell

Ken Powell

Ken Powell proved again that he and General Mills have the courage of their convictions, whether that means taking a stand against labeling foods for genetically modified organisms or opposing
Ron Peltier

Ron Peltier

Peltier, a former Gopher hocket player, joined Edina Realty in 1977 and climbed into the CEO seat in 1992. He retained his title as leader of Edina's parent company, HomeServices
David MacLennan

David MacLennan

Cargill president and COO Maclennan took over Minnesota's largest private company's top spot Dec. 1, as departing CEO Gregory Page became chairman. MacLennan has been with the company for more
Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly

Joly, who left the Carson travel conglomerate for Best Buy in August 2012, has taken the company from code blue to Renew Blue, a five-part intiative designed to resuscitate the
Omar Ishrak

Omar Ishrak

The Obamacare medical device tax could have given Minnesota's largest device manufacturer a heart attack. But while the tax has done the indusrty no favors, and despite slow cardiac-device sales
Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan

Sullivan is not only the first woman president in the 128-year history of the University of St. Thomas, but she is also the first non-clergy member to lead the school.

Sondra Samuels

As the president and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), Samuels leads a collaborative of partner organizations and schools that work together to prepare low-income North Minneapolis children to
Glen Taylor

Glen Taylor

The newspaper business is in transition. Fortunately, Glen Taylor knows a thing or two about reinvention. The civic-minded Taylor, who’s evolved from farm boy to printing tycoon to state senator

Jonathan Weinhagen

Once a rather sleepy group, the St. Paul Area Chamber seems far more energetic these days. Weinhagen’s a big reason why. He loves his city, loves what he does and
Kaywin Feldman

Kaywin Feldman

Feldman has kept MIA playfully stylish and up-to-date without sacrificing its fundamental class. Though membership has declined, endowments are up and visitor numbers have been setting records. An example of
Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

Coleman has provided calm, quiet leadership for his hometown since 2006. It’s an appropriate style for St. Paul, and there’s nothing wrong with that. True, the city continues to face
Steve Cramer

Steve Cramer

Minneapolis pol turned public-minded inside player, Steve Cramer seems destined for a long run at the influential council, which may not run downtown, but certainly pays the freight. The downtown
R.T. Rybak

R.T. Rybak

After serving Minneapolis as mayor for 12 years, R.T. Rybak has moved to the nonprofit sector to tackle the most vexing problem in his city—the education achievement gap between whites
Brian Cornell

Brian Cornell

As Target’s first-ever CEO from outside the company, Brian Cornell has one of the most daunting tasks in Minnesota business history: Restoring consumer confidence in the iconic retailer after a
Carl Casale

Carl Casale

Carl Casale, a former CFO of Monsanto, has been leading the nation’s largest member-owned cooperative since 2011. He has presided over tremendous growth. CHS—an agriculture and energy business that formed

Zarir Erani

Zarir Erani replaced CEO John Fredricksen at Sun Country this summer. Little is known about the former Hallmark Business Connections executive, including the rationale for his hiring and Fredericksen’s move

Joseph Haj

After Joe Dowling’s 20-year run as artistic director, the Guthrie got new leadership over the summer from Joseph Haj. With extensive acting and directing credentials, Haj’s early choices for stage
Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips

The IRRRB distributes much of the iron ore production tax revenue paid by northern Minnesota mines, with an eye toward diversifying the Iron Range economy. It’s a state agency, but