BLACK ENTERPRISE unveils an editorial franchise like no other in media: 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. That's a long way from when BE produced our first list of "America's Hottest Managers" in 1988, 25 high-powered professionals that included only one division president and not a single woman. In this year's listing developed by our editors over several months, we identify an array of audacious game changers remaking global business in sectors ranging from fast food and financial services to manufacturing and technology. In fact, tonight this elite group will be honored by our magazine at an invitation-only event held at the New York Stock Exchange hosted by FedEx and NYSE Euronext. To give you a preview of the business leaders who made our exclusive roster published in our September issue, we share with you eight CEOs who operate some of the world's largest publicly-traded corporations.