John French, CEO, Cygnus Business Media

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Where: Cygnus Business Media, Fort Atkinson, Wis.
Why: French, former CEO of Prism and then Penton Media, took over Cygnus as it emerged from bankruptcy protection last year. He said his first order of business was to restore the confidence of the organization. He also moved to foster the growth of digital initiatives at the company, which has found success with online directories in the construction sector and other markets.
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