DEBORAH HOPKINS Former CFO of Lucent
She assumed the top finance spot at Lucent a year ago, after helping to revive Boeing. But Hopkins, 46, last month resigned from Lucent amid what colleagues describe as a personality clash with CEO Henry Schacht. Executives everywhere are wondering what's next for the abrasive Hopkins, who seemed on a rocket to the top. She left Lucent just as the company reported $3.7 billion in first-quarter losses, and entered merger talks with Alcatel.
SERGE TCHURUK CEO of Alcatel
He is regarded as a turnaround ace in France, where he has streamlined three bloated companies. But...