Gina Proia, VP and CCO, Ally Financial, 38

Gina Proia was just 37 when she was named VP and CCO of GMAC (recently rebranded as Ally Financial), a company that represents more than $172 billion in assets and 19,000 employees. Proia assumed this role during a turbulent period for financial services companies and successfully managed several critical communications issues, including CEO transitions, capital market and liquidity actions, the company's transition to a bank holding company, and government investments in the company. She also helped frame the story for GMAC's key role in auto financing to aid economic recovery for dealers and consumers. Previously, Proia was a core member of General Motors' global financial communications staff.

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