3. Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard
HP has had some tough times in recent years. There were several scandals that arose amid HP’s corporate ranks, and on August 19, 2011, HP’s stock prices fell 25% in one day. Whitman had some tough choices to make in her first months as CEO, including layoffs. Whitman’s savvy business leadership helped reshape the company. In addition to a more effective corporate restructuring, HP’s sales rose for the first time in three years in the third quarter of 2013.