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BHP Billiton

CEO, Charles W. (Chip) Goodyear


Statoil

CEO, Helge Lund


Grupo ACS

Chairman and CEO, Florentino Pérez


Fortis

CEO, Jean-Paul Votron


Carnival

CEO, Micky Arison


Continental

CEO, Manfred Wennemer


Volvo

CEO, Leif Johansson


Wolseley

CEO, Charles A. Banks


Arcelor

CEO, Guy Dollé


Roche

CEO, Franz B. Humer


BG Group

CEO, Frank Chapman


Bouygues

Chairman and CEO, Martin Bouygues


Randstad Holding

CEO, Ben Noteboom


Mediobanca

CEO, Alberto Nagel


Henkel

CEO, Ulrich Lehner


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  The Best and Worst in Shareholder Returns
Bottom Ten (one year)
Elan -68.2%
EPCOS -36.7
Infineon Tech. -35.4
Compass Group -33.2
Tiscali -32.3
STMicroelectronics -31.1
Invensys -30.8
Spirent -28.3
Alcatel -25.1
WH Smith -25.1
Top Ten (one year)
OMV 101.5%
Capitalia 80.3
BNL 69.0
Tate & Lyle 63.7
Vinci 62.6
Grupo ACS 61.7
Continental 58.0
Grupo Ferrovial 56.3
Skanska 56.3
Allied Domecq 55.0

Bottom Ten (three year)
Alstom -88.0%
Invensys -87.3
EPCOS -75.0
Tiscali -70.3
MLP -69.0
Koninklijke Ahold -67.5
FinecoGroup -62.9
Infineon Technologies -61.9
Spirent -60.9
Royal & Sun Alliance -60.8
Top Ten (three year)
OMV 209.3%
Continental 206.9
O2 200.0
Enterprise Inns 169.5
Autostrade 156.3
A.P. Moller-Maersk 145.5
Randstad Holding 125.8
Carnival 109.8
Abertis Infraestructuras 101.7
Vinci 101.1

  The best and worst in sales performance
Bottom Ten (one year)
Koninklijke Numico -45%
HypoVereinsbank -43
Elan -39
InterContinental Hotels -37
Buhrmann -31
Swisscom -31
Orkla -30
Invensys -25
Royal & Sun Alliance Ins. -24
Alstom -18
Top Ten (one year)
Wm. Morrison Supermarkets 145%
Seat Pagine Gialle 91
Sanofi-Aventis 87
Xstrata 75
ASML Holding 60
Vestas Wind Systems 55
Reed Elsevier NV 52
Enterprise Inns 48
BHP Billiton 47
Scottish & Southern Energy 45

Bottom Ten (three year)
Elan -36.4%
Vivendi Universal -31.5
Koninklijke Numico -25.9
Invensys -24.9
FinecoGroup -21.8
Alcatel -21.8
Buhrmann -19.0
Commerzbank -18.4
Cable & Wireless -18.1
Seat Pagine Gialle -18.0
Top Ten (three year)
Xstrata 112.6%
Friends Provident 78.2
Legal & General Group 73.1
Skandia Forsakring 71.4
Carnival 66.7
William Hill 52.5
Grupo ACS 45.9
Hilton Group 43.9
Wm. Morrison Supermarkets 42.3
Enterprise Inns 41.4

Data: Standard & Poor's Global Data

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