8. STEVE BURD

Key developments: Reduced debt by more than $1 billion through stronger cash flow, cost reductions and restructured labor contracts; launched Lifestyle store format.What's next: Rebranding chain; remodeling hundreds of older stores.Steve Burd has certainly proved himself to be one of the industry's most tenacious executives. Whether through bruising contract battles with union representatives or boardroom

Key developments: Reduced debt by more than $1 billion through stronger cash flow, cost reductions and restructured labor contracts; launched Lifestyle store format.

What's next: Rebranding chain; remodeling hundreds of older stores.

Steve Burd has certainly proved himself to be one of the industry's most tenacious executives. Whether through bruising contract battles with union representatives or boardroom skirmishes with institutional shareholders, he has demonstrated a si

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