Belinda Stronach

From Boardroom to Politics

What would make anyone quit a job as chief executive of a $15 billion company, turning her back on a career that earned her a spot on FORTUNE's list of the world's most powerful businesswomen? For Canada's Belinda Stronach, the answer was a no-brainer: the chance to become her country's Prime Minister. Veteran politicians sneered when Stronach, president and CEO of Magna International, North America's fifth largest auto-parts company, entered the race this year to become leader of Canada's newly renovated Conservative Party. The battle wasn't pretty. Near the end of the 57-day campaign, a prankster handed the glamorous but politically...

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