50 most influential Virginians

Leadership, big ideas put this group in the limelight

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There was a lot of moving and shaking in Virginia’s business community during the past year. Hilton Worldwide in McLean pulled off the largest IPO ever in the hotel industry in a take-the-company public event that landed CEO Christopher Nassetta on our second annual list of the Top 50 Most Influential Business Leaders in Virginia. 

Besides a record IPO, other things caught our attention: big promotions, big ideas and leadership amid uncertainty. On the big ideas front, Tom Frantz, CEO of one of Virginia’s largest law firms, is pushing for the creation of a mega region between Richmond and Hampton Roads.

Phebe Novakovic and Wes Bush, CEOs at Virginia’s largest defense contractors, were more concerned about contraction as they shepherded their companies through the federal defense cuts that came with sequestration.

Overall, the list tracks who’s moving up, making a difference and shaping outcomes. Many of these leaders run companies, serve on high-profile boards and give generously to philanthropic causes.

Virginia Business did not consider elected officials or college and university presidents.  The magazine kept the focus on people who are growing their businesses and having an impact on the key issues of the day.


50 Most Influential Virginians, including Power Couples and People on the Move

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