People to Watch in International Business

People to Watch in International Business

MICHELINE CHAU Star Warrior

When she joined Lucasfilm as CFO in 1991, Chau, 50, brought order to the movie-magic empire built by Star Wars creator George Lucas. The company has grown into a $1.5 billion special-effects, production and computer-game powerhouse. Recently promoted to COO, Chau will work to turn Lucasfilm's disparate units into an ensemble cast--encouraging the movie-effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, say, to collaborate more closely with online game designers. A native of Singapore, Chau's favorite Star Wars hero is Yoda.

JEFF VALDEZ TV Hombre

As a stand-up comic, Valdez used to joke about the dearth of English-language...