Affiliation: Nike

Mark Parker, president of Nike, came up through the ranks the old-fashioned way—from University of Oregon runner to designer to exec. And while he has a big office and makes big decisions, he's still able to look at the big picture through the eyes of those earlier positions: runner and designer. He's the soul of the old Nike running the new Nike, which is exactly the way it should be. He's also someone who can immediately get on a call with anyone else on this list.