It's going to be kill or be killed for Kilar, 36, who has to launch the NBC/
Drew G. Faust
Faust, 59, enters her first fall term as the university's 28th president when classes begin September 17. She'll have to rely on the lessons of her Civil War scholarship to get the renowned-but-largely-independent grad schools to work together. As she pushes to make Harvard's latest multibillion fund-raising goal, though, we'll find out what kind of field general she's going to be.
Volkswagen of America
Jacoby, 49, takes the wheel of the ailing car-maker on September 1. The former head of global marketing and sales is going to have to reach deep into his bag of tricks to turn the unit around. It lost $828 million last year and hasn't been profitable since 2002. If he's the guy who okayed the "unpimp mein auto" ads, then VW's kaput.
A version of this article appeared in the September 2007 issue of Fast Company magazine.