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Donna Hyland

39. Donna Hyland

Hyland was just 29 when she was named CFO of what then was Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center. She helped oversee that hospital’s 1998 merger with Egleston to form Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and, in 2008, became president and CEO of the combined system.
Muhtar Kent

11. Muhtar Kent

Muhtar Kent spent nearly four decades climbing the corporate ladder to become chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta’s signature business success story and the world’s most recognized brand.
Miguel Southwell

13. Miguel Southwell

Running the world’s busiest airport is no mean feat. Southwell, general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport since May 2014, must balance the sometimes competing interests of airlines, federal inspectors, and airport tenants—all while running a hub where 2,500 planes take off and land every day.
Terry McGuirk

27. Terry McGurk

Former Turner Broadcasting exec McGuirk became the Braves CEO in 2001, near the end of the organization’s 14-year division domination.
Frank Poe

16. Frank Poe

Frank Poe’s four decades of convention industry experience helped him land the role of Georgia World Congress Center executive director in 2010, following stints in Orlando, Birmingham, and Dallas.
Doug Hertz

44. Doug Hertz

Hertz has served as president and CEO of United Distributors, the largest alcoholic beverage wholesaler in Georgia and Alabama, since 1984, when he took on the position first occupied by his grandfather 75 years ago.
J. Alvin Wilbanks

19. J. Alvin Wilbanks

The average tenure of an urban school superintendent is about three years. But J. Alvin Wilbanks isn’t your average superintendent.
John Lewis

14. John Lewis

John Lewis is in the midst of a victory lap right now. The longtime Democratic congressman, the last of the surviving “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement, has spent the past several years honoring the legacy of the Selma march, paying tribute to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and occasionally joining in nonviolent protests.
Ford Fry

38. Ford Fry

After opening Southern-inspired JCT Kitchen in 2007, Fry waited four years before adding a second eatery to his stable. However, since 2011, he’s launched a new restaurant every year.
Kevin Riley

43. Kevin Riley

When Riley took over as editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in early 2011, morale at Georgia’s largest daily newspaper was in the toilet. Falling ad revenue had forced his predecessor to pare the newsroom by almost half, to 230.

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