[‘07 rank - #7]
Ken Cohen had maybe the toughest job in the industry, running communications for the
highest-profile company in 2008. And those savvy communications skills will continue to be relied upon if the economic crisis continues and high gas prices persist. He has also been on the frontlines of trying to convince the company's many critics that ExxonMobil is serious about global warming, energy efficiency, and ecologically beneficial policies. Cohen is also the head of ExxonMobil's charitable foundation. He has long known the complexity in explaining the intricacies of the gas distribution business. And with both presidential candidates adopting populist themes, Cohen's hardest work may be ahead of him.