Daniel Bernard

President -- Carrefour - France

Who's that in Wal-Mart's rear-view mirror? It's Daniel Bernard, president of France's Carrefour. After acquiring fellow French retailer Promodes last year, Bernard, 54, is running the world's No. 2 discount chain. True, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s $160 billion in sales last year dwarfed Carrefour's $65 billion. But after overseeing Carrefour's push into foreign markets, Bernard is plenty optimistic.

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