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VAR500 2010 Spotlight: 5 To Watch

What makes the VAR500 companies shine? Charismatic leadership, a head for business and an eye on technology. Here are the views of five execs whose companies are on the 2010 list.

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Computer Sciences Corp., No. 6

Eileen Sweeney

As president of Global Manufacturing, Industry Sector for CSC, Sweeney is responsible for roughly $2.5 billion in P&L and approximately 18,000 of CSC's 90,000-plus employees. She has been at CSC since 1995, and in her current role for the past two years, since CSC's corporate strategy shifted, under new Chairman Mike Laphen, to face the market from an industry point of view.

Sweeney's pre-CSC background helped her current employer with its new strategy. She had started as an engineer with GE aircraft, making engines on the floor. "That allowed me to understand what it means to have an issue with your engineering group, say when the drawings aren’t on the floor when you need them to be. I've lived in that environment. What CSC does is enable the environment from a technology perspective. I understand what is driving the C-level execs in their businesses and how you put technology in to enable those businesses."

What technologies are CSC's manufacturing clients looking for today?

"All of our clients are looking for value propositions that take costs out," Sweeney said. "I think we've bottomed out in manufacturing from a recessionary perspective and people are starting to invest in new markets, looking at investments they made and trying to leverage them more. For example, ERP systems are in place and they are gathering a lot of data. But what can they do now with it and how can they use it from an executive perspective. So they are looking for really creative business intelligence systems that they can use to predict business and to be quicker to respond to their business."

How does Sweeney balance work-life issues? Listen to her response here.

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