Patricia Q. Stonesifer

PATRICIA Q. STONESIFER put Microsoft's Consumer Div. on the map in 1995. The 39-year-old manager, known for "crisp" thinking, drove the division to launch 20 new CD-ROMs and software products for the home, including Fury3--Microsoft's first shoot-'em-up game--and a souped-up joystick called Side Winder. The division had estimated sales of $800 million, making it the country's No.1 multimedia company.

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