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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Wei Shi, Vice president, treasury and financial planning and analysis, Toyota Financial Services
Shi, 46, designed, built and now oversees Toyota Financial Services' treasury department in Torrance, Calif. The treasury is the nerve center for the captive's U.S. financial strategy -- where Toyota raises money to finance millions of consumers' car loans and its dealers' floorplanning and store expansion plans.
The bullpen layout, half the size of a basketball court, is bordered by 75 giant and constantly changing data screens that can track any index that could affect Toyota's lending and borrowing rates, from stock markets to currency exchanges to commodity index prices. How complex is it? There are 14 miles of cable in the room's ceiling.