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When she took over as CFO of the Home Depot Inc. in May 2001, Carol Tome had pretty precise marching orders: Make finance a strategic partner to the company’s business units and aggressively upgrade Home Depot’s information technology. As treasurer for the six years before, she had already begun the job of integrating her functional area into planning and decision making throughout the company. Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli had handed down the technology mandate, so she expected support in the modernization of the financial infrastructure. And after four years on the job, her efforts in both areas have yielded impressive returns for the company.

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