People to Watch in International Business

MAUREEN O'CONNELL Consulting Queen Fresh out of high school, O'Connell, 42, developed her finance talents at a New York City company that sold plants. Her career has since sprouted: she's had CFO stints at Bertelsmann's BMG Direct, Publishers Clearing House and Barnes & Noble. Now Gartner, the world's top IT research and consulting company, has named the Bronx, N.Y., native its president and COO. O'Connell plans to add important new voices to Gartner's analyst reports: clients who actually use the technology being covered.

PEGGY YU Beijing Bookseller Whenever the co-president of Dangdang.com China's largest online bookseller, travels to...

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