Irene Dorner, president and CEO at HSBC USA, topped this year's list from U.S. Banker magazine of the top 25 Women to Watch. Dorner rose through the ranks at HSBC, capitalizing on advice from another executive, to become head of HSBC's bank in Malaysia and then CEO of HSBC USA this year. She credits her stint in Malaysia as being an important step before tackling the complex U.S. market. "(I)t would not have been possible to do this job without having been CEO in another country," Dorner said.
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