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(CNN) -- Few of the following business executives are famous -- yet.

That's part of the reason TIME and CNN have chosen these particular young executives as the 2002 Global Business Influentials. Selected from more than 100 nominees named by TIME correspondents around the world, each of these up-and-coming business leaders has accomplished something this year that transcended borders.

All are regarded as leaders in their industries but more accomplishments may lie ahead in their careers. Hailing from a variety of countries, these executives share a sense that the world is their market -- and their home.

Adebayo Ogunlesi

Adebayo Ogunlesi
Credit Suisse First Boston executive Adebayo Ogunlesi

When Adebayo Ogunlesi became head of Credit Suisse First Boston's head of Global Investment Banking in February 2002, he had the unenviable task of bringing order and profit to the troubled unit.

CSFB had been struggling since its 2001 merger with Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, and was also feeling the effects of a sagging stock market. In March, he told executives CSFB had 25 percent to 50 percent more senior managers than comparable firms, prompting a round of layoffs.

The Nigerian-born Ogunlesi came to the job with impressive credentials. He has bachelor, law and MBA degrees from Oxford and Harvard and was a clerk under the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. (More from TIME)

Myrtle Potter

Myrtle Potter
Genentech COO Myrtle Potter

Myrtle Potter is well schooled in the ins and outs of the pharmaceutical industry.

After successful stints at Merck and Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Potter joined California-based Genentech in 2000 as its chief operating officer.

Ranked 18th on Fortune's 2002 list of Most Powerful Black Executives, Potter is charged with overseeing the biggest expansion in Genentech's history, with 20 new drugs coming to market in the next five years. (More from TIME)

Ginni Rometty

Ginnie Rometty
IBM executive Ginnie Rometty

With 20 years of business experience and perhaps as many titles under her belt, Ginni Rometty has skyrocketed up IBM's ranks and is even being mentioned as a future CEO at the computer and technology giant.

Just 45 years old, she been chief of IBM's insurance and financial services division, as well as the head of the strategy, marketing and sales operations and later the Americas (covering North and South America) units of IBM Global Services.

Rometty now leads IBM Business Consulting Services, a unit formed after IBM bought accounting and consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers. The consolidated group has 60,000 employees and is touted by IBM as the world's largest consulting organization. (More from TIME)



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