The list of 100 people in the third Global Telecoms Business
Power100 shows the tensions that are keeping this industry
vibrant, dynamic and ever-changing.
There are representatives of the over-the-top content providers
that are challenging the industry’s business
plans, and of the associations that service providers are using
to regain market share.
Emerging markets are represented more strongly than ever
before, with high rankings for executives whose businesses are
delivering communications to South America, Africa, India and
elsewhere. Leaders of two of the industry’s major
organisations, the International Telecommunication Union and
Association, come highly in the rankings: both are
responsible for major initiatives to boost connectivity around
There are some interesting new names in the list —
names of people who have only recently moved into senior
positions in the industry’s significant companies.
The strategies they evolve over the next few months will in
large measure determine the success or otherwise of their
And some names that were prominent in 2008 and 2009 have gone,
though not necessarily for ever — though their
companies may have vanished from the industry. Others have
retired, leaving others to pick up the challenges.
Telecoms is a restless and ever-changing business. An analysis
of this list shows 100 of the key figures in it today, in 2010.
But the industry will continue to grow and develop.
That’s what makes it such an exciting place to
We thank the readers of Global Telecoms Business around the
world for their enthusiasm in nominating leaders for this
year’s Power100. We had more nominations than ever
before — including some nominations in personal emails
from significant industry figures. And a big thank you to
Tellabs for sponsoring this report.
Randall Stephenson, AT&T
Stephenson is chairman of the board, chief executive officer
and president of AT&T. Since becoming chairman in 2007,
Stephenson has strengthened AT&T’s position as
the world’s largest telecommunications company and
as a leader in mobile broadband and global IP data solutions.
Under his management AT&T also has established leading
positions in local search advertising, and advanced, IP-based
The company has taken the first steps in limiting mobile
customers’ broadband allowance, something the
whole industry is watching.
Rob Conway, GSM Association
Rob Conway, CEO of the GSM Association and member of its board,
led the association in executing several key initiatives
designed to drive mobile industry growth, including the
embedded mobile programme, which will accelerate the adoption
of mobile connectivity across tens of billions of devices by
2015; App Planet, which uses the association’s
industry-leading events to connect thousands of mobile
application developers with other participants in the broad
mobile ecosystem; and Mobile Media Metrics, the
association’s pioneering, census-level solution
for mobile advertising measurement and reporting.
Read GTB’s interview with Rob
Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon
Head of Verizon as chairman and CEO since 2000, Ivan Seidenberg
has transformed the company, which is one of the biggest
broadband providers in the US and a giant global provider, as
well as 55% owner — the rest belongs to Vodafone
— of Verizon Wireless in the US.
With its industry leading wireless network, an award winning
fibre optic network called FiOS and its global internet
backbone, Verizon is at the cusp of technology and innovation.
Seidenberg and his Vodafone opposite number, Vittorio Colao
(also in the Power100), have to end, though, their stalemate
over Verizon Wireless.
Hamadoun Touré, ITU
Hamadoun Touré has been secretary general of ITU since
2007. A visionary leader, he was the driving force behind the
setting up of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development
in 2010, and he believes communications — and access
to the internet — is a fundamental right for all.
At the same time has kept the UN agency focused on its core
activities, including spectrum allocation, satellite filings,
standardisation and development, bridging the digital divide
and spreading the global benefits of ICTs.
He has greatly raised the profile of the ITU during his first
four-year term of office.
Read GTB’s interview with
César Alierta, Telefónica
Under the leadership of César Alierta, executive
chairman, Telefónica has grown to become the
world’s fourth largest telco. A strong belief in
corporate social responsibility, and a desire to improve social
progress through new technologies, are driving forces in his
In June, Alierta was described as "a visionary and a global
leader" when receiving the Americas Society of New
York’s gold medal for his contribution to the
development of Latin America — the first person born
outside of the Americas to receive this award.
Eric Schmidt, Google
Eric Schmidt, the chairman and CEO of Google, is one of the key
individuals in the industry. In 2008, the first time we
published the Power100, he was proposed by more of our readers
than anyone else. Since then, if anything, his influence has
expanded — with the Android mobile operating system
now rivalling Apple’s iPhone in sheer numbers.
In the fixed and mobile market Google is seen as a threat, with
its IP voice strategy, but it’s also an investor
in telecoms: notably in Clearwire, the Sprint-dominated WiMax
Schmidt has an impressive track record, which has taken him
through Silicon Valley hotspots such as Xerox’s
Palo Alto Research Center and Sun Microsystems, where he was
CTO and ran the Java development.
Carlos Slim Helú, Telmex
Carlos Slim, chairman and CEO of Telmex, rivals Bill Gates of
Microsoft and Warren Buffet for position as the richest person
in the world, having earned much of it from his ownership of
Telmex and its mobile associates, América Móvil
He bought Telmex 20 years ago when it was privatised by the
Mexican government and built it and Telcel into dominant
operations in their home market. In South America,
Telefónica is the main rival to América
Móvil, which has an estimated 100 million customers.
During 2010 he co-chaired the Broadband Commission for Digital
Development, set up by the ITU’s Hamadoun
Touré (also in the Power100) and Unesco’s
Irina Bokova, which called on the international community to
take seriously the need for broadband for the whole world.
Steve Jobs, Apple
The iPhone alone has made Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, one of the
most influential people in the industry — but there
was iTunes before that and now there is the iPad, the favourite
terminal of the year.
Operators are still wary about Apple’s effect on
their revenues — and so are content providers, who
seem compelled to create iPhone apps even for a minority of
users. But he’s stimulated the mobile industry to
learn from him and create its own apps community.
Jobs and both the iPhone and now the iPad are cults, and his
and Apple’s imagination have undeniably stimulated
Dan Hesse, Sprint
Under Dan Hesse’s leadership Sprint’s
intense focus for the past 2½ years on improving the
customer experience, strengthening its brands and generating
cash are beginning to pay off.
He has introduced simple and unlimited pricing options, offered
customers the nation’s first 4G network and
devices, and attacked the growing prepaid market with a
successful multi-brand strategy.
The result is widespread third-party recognition of
Sprint’s customer satisfaction improvements and
its global networks, a growing subscriber base and stabilised
Read GTB’s interview with Dan
Vittorio Colao, Vodafone
Vittorio Colao has been CEO of Vodafone group for just over two
years and appears to be embarking on a campaign of
consolidating and simplifying the company’s
interests. He’s sold the company’s
stake in China Mobile for a sensible sum and is now considering
disposing of other minority stakes, many of them acquired under
the rule of his predecessor, Arun Sarin.
Vodafone remains, though, a complex company with a maze of
diverse interests, many of them minority stakes over which it
has little control.
He appears to be trying to resolve the long-term stalemate over
Verizon Wireless, in which Vodafone holds 45% but earns no
dividend — but that challenge defeated Sarin and
others before him.
Hans Vestberg, Ericsson
Hans Vestberg was CFO of Ericsson until the end of 2009, since
when he’s been in the top job, as successor to
Carl-Henric Svanberg, who left to chair BP and preside
— if only he’d known — over the
disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Vestberg came into the CEO’s job confident, and
knowing more about the company than most, having worked there
for 18 years. He immediately streamlined the company into fewer
divisions, making it more efficient and faster to react.
Competitors in the industry, shaken by the collapse in 2009 of
Nortel and the break-up of Motorola, expect Ericsson to survive
as the strongest of the vendors.
Read GTB’s interview with Hans
Stéphane Richard, France Telecom
In 2009 Stéphane Richard was a French government
official who was on the way to France Telecom’s
headquarters to because heir apparent to then-chairman and CEO
Didier Lombard (read GTB's interview with Lombard), but
he was expected to take two years or so to take over. France
Telecom moved faster than expected and Richard was rushed into
the CEO’s office within months, leaving Lombard as
chairman until he retires in 2011.
Now Richard is planning to boost the company’s
global customer base from 200 million to 300 million by 2015
and wants to double revenue from emerging markets.
John Chambers, Cisco
John Chambers has been chairman and CEO of Cisco for 15 years
and he’s continuing to drive it further into the
telecoms industry from the IT world. In 2007 the company spent
$3.2 billion on WebEx, a company that facilitates web-based
business meetings; at the end of 2009 it bought Starent, which
has a key role in IP mobile infrastructure such as LTE, and
Tandberg, the video communications specialist. Other
acquisitions in 2010 have developed Cisco’s
presence in IP and content management. Many global telecoms
executives will enthuse about using their Cisco TelePresence
systems to hold meetings without the grind of international
Stephen Elop, Nokia
Stephen Elop has one of the most envied and unenvied jobs in
the industry. He’s just taken over from the ousted
Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo as CEO of Nokia, the biggest handset maker
in the world. But Nokia’s shareholders are
disappointed with its share of the smartphone market, and of
the way it has lost the edge in smartphones to
Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android.
So Elop has been brought in from Microsoft to become the first
non-Finn to run Finland’s pride and joy. He has
also worked for Juniper, Adobe and Macromedia.
Jorma Ollila, chairman of Nokia’s board and the
man credited with transforming it into the world’s
GSM powerhouse in the 1990s, has high expectations —
though Ollila himself will be leaving in 2011.
Li Yue, China Mobile
Li Yue, former deputy, has been appointed CEO of the
world’s largest mobile operator, in place of Wang
Jianzhou, who however remains chairman (read GTB's interview with Wang). Li, who
studied at universities in Tianjin and Hong Kong, is now in
charge of a company which is still putting on 4-5 million new
customers each month.
At the same time he’s wrestling with the
introduction of TD-SCDMA technology, China’s own
government-mandated version of 3G. This was originally
considered with scepticism and doubt by many, but TDD
technology does seem better at handling mobile data, so perhaps
he is lucky.
Meanwhile Li has to consider China Mobile’s
international investment strategy — so far paused at
one small interest in Pakistan.
Srinath Narasimhan, Tata Communications
As an executive in the technology end of one of
India’s leading industrial empires, Srinath
Narasimhan was given the job in 2002 of taking over the former
state-owned VSNL, which once owned a monopoly in the
country’s international telecoms connections. He
has transformed VSNL into Tata Communications, a true
international operation of which he is CEO, taking over
networks such as Teleglobe and Tyco Global Networks so that it
now has a presence in Europe and North America.
Read GTB’s interview with Srinath
Ren Zhengfei, Huawei Technologies
Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei Technologies around 22 years ago
and is the company’s president. He and Huawei have
turned the infrastructure world on its ear. Like its fierce
Chinese rival ZTE the company has done well in emerging
markets, but the two are also appearing more and more in
developed economies too.
The company has invested hugely in Shenzhen, its home city
which was created as a special economic zone — close
to Hong Kong — in the year Huawei was founded. There
it employs tens of thousands of engineers, giving the company a
prominent place alongside traditional western suppliers.
René Obermann, Deutsche Telekom
René Obermann was head of T-Mobile until he moved up to
take over of Deutsche Telekom as CEO in the wake of the removal
of Kai-Uwe Ricke in late 2006.
Europe’s biggest telecoms company is a solid,
dominant company in its home market and controls
Hungary’s Magyar Telekom and Greece’s
OTE as well as T-Mobile operations in Europe and the US.
It is T-Mobile that is likely to change fastest: in the UK,
Obermann has already merged Deutsche Telekom’s
business with France Telecom’s Orange to create
Everything Everywhere, and in the US T-Mobile is trailing.
Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent
There’s been a level of stability around
Alcatel-Lucent since Ben Verwaayen took over as CEO two years
ago, as successor to the post-merger team. He’s
built his own team — including making appointing as
his marketing and strategy chief Stephen Carter, the former UK
regulator and then broadband minister.
Though he’s been in the job only two years, of the
five major vendors in the industry only Huawei’s
leader has been in his job longer, and Ericsson, NSN and ZTE
all have newer bosses. Verwaayen knows both sides of the
industry, most notably running BT from 2003 to 2008.
Read GTB’s interview with Ben
Shi Lirong, ZTE
As executive director and president of ZTE for just a few
months, Shi Lirong is leading ZTE in its globalisation
development process with 20 years experience in R&D and
ZTE has achieved a growth rate of 48% in net profit in 2009. In
first half of 2010, ZTE’s revenue from European
and US markets increased 45% — justifying
ZTE’s work in both developing and developed
markets. Shi is still new in his job, but his company is
winning new customers away from western vendors around the
Read GTB’s interview with Shi
John Stankey, AT&T
John Stankey has just become president and CEO of AT&T
Business Solutions, responsible for AT&T’s
sales, marketing and customer service operations for retail
business, government and wholesale customers of AT&T
He also leads research and development, architecture and
planning, engineering, network operations, information
technology and corporate shared services. Until September 2010
Stankey was president and CEO of AT&T
Wang Xiaochu, China Telecom
Wang Xiaochu is chairman CEO of China Telecom, with the
challenge of turning round China Telecom’s
fixed-line operations — which has been losing 10
million customers a year — and of revitalising the
CDMA operations acquired from China Unicom a couple of years
ago and putting into operation a fast 3G rollout, which is good
news for CDMA vendors.
But he’s also building up China Telecom into an
international wholesale operator — forging
relationships with global operators with multinational
customers wanting access to China’s still growing
industrial sector, and setting up operations in Europe, the
Americas and the Asia Pacific region, potentially turning China
Telecom into a global as well as a national force.
Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless
Lowell McAdam is Verizon Wireless’s president and
CEO and is leading its deployment of its new 4G LTE network
— which should be in operation in a number of US
cities by the end of 2010.
This marks a significant change for the company, which retains
Qualcomm’s CDMA technology for its voice and 3G
broadband data network, and it is an enormous opportunity, as
Verizon Wireless’s LTE network will be the biggest
in the world so far.
Meanwhile McAdam has to live with two shareholders: Verizon
owns 55% but Vodafone owns the other 45% and the two are not
always easy partners.
Rajeev Suri, Nokia Siemens Networks
When Rajeev Suri became CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks in 2009,
he faced tough competition, customers cutting costs, and a need
to meet the demands of smartphones while evolving networks to
Suri has led a remarkable turnaround — three
consecutive profitable quarters and an upswing in deals while
cutting costs. The company has increased its mobile market
share, reclaiming the number two position, while its managed
services are growing fast.
Julius Genachowski, Federal Communications Commission
Julius Genachowski hasn’t yet realised the promise
that he showed when incoming US president Barack Obama
appointed him to chair the FCC in 2009. At the heart of his
strategy is the National Broadband Plan, which is now being
developed by the FCC in consultation with others. That puts
Genachowski, appointed by Barrack Obama, in charge of the
modern equivalent of the 1930s policies which did so much to
stimulate the US power, car and steel industries.
He is a lawyer who’s probably the most web-savvy
person to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,
the US regulator: he has served on the boards of Expedia,
Hotels.com, Web.com and other companies, and was chief of
business operations at IAC, Barry Diller’s
portfolio of internet businesses.
Mikhail Shamolin, MTS
Mikhail Shamolin is the president and CEO of MTS, which
operates in Russia and the CIS. Since May 2008, Shamolin has
driven corporate transformation through MTS’s
entrance into fixed-line services through the acquisition of
Comstar-UTS, the provider of integrated telecommunication
solutions in Russia, and the launch of Omlet.ru, an online
During Shamolin’s tenure, first as head of
MTS’s Russian business and then CEO of MTS, the
company’s core markets have delivered nearly 20%
compound annual revenue growth since 2005 and developed into
the world’s ninth largest telecommunications
company by subscriber numbers.
Read GTB’s interview with Mikhail
Dan Dooley, Sprint
Dan Dooley, president of Sprint Wholesale, has been a force in
the telecommunications industry for over 20 years. As the
industry evolves, Dooley is answering with big-time solutions.
As a result, carriers worldwide are able to evolve their
businesses and portfolios.
In the past year alone, Dooley and his team have kept their
partners moving forward through solutions such as partner
interexchange network, mobile broadband on demand, wireless
turnkey back office and a soon-to-be announced fixed mobile
Read GTB’s interview with Dan
Bhaskar Gorti, Oracle
Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager of
Oracle’s communications global business unit, has
driven the realisation of Oracle’s industry
strategy, by expanding the company’s product
portfolio into offerings which span OSS, BSS and service
delivery. By leading the development, sales and integration of
acquired products into the Oracle portfolio, he has helped
reshape the industry, the way software applications can be
purchased and the flexibilities now available for operators.
Read GTB’s interview with Bhaskar
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Bharti
Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and group CEO of Bharti
Enterprises, spent much of 2009 wrestling with a proposed
merger of his mobile business, Bharti Airtel, with South
Africa’s MTN, which would have created one of the
largest operators in the world. That was blocked by the
politics of India and South Africa.
Plan B, though, was bolder: to buy Zain’s African
interests, mainly the former Celtel that Zain had acquired in
2005. Bharti’s bill was over $10 billion, but
since then he’s moved fast — most
recently signing a deal with IBM to take over the new
business’s IT operations.
Ralph de la Vega, AT&T
Ralph de la Vega is CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer
Markets. It was just AT&T Mobility but now he leads all
consumer marketing, sales, content, converged services and
customer care for wireless and wired operations.
In addition, de la Vega has held several senior executive
positions, both in the US and internationally, with the former
BellSouth and Cingular.
He is also chairman of the CTIA, the Wireless Association, the
association for the US mobile telecoms business.
Nan Chen, CENX
Nan Chenis recognised in the telecoms and networking industry
as a true visionary, the founding president of the Metro
Ethernet Forum. Under his leadership, carrier ethernet has
become the predominant delivery technology for businesses-class
services and internet access and is on track to reach $40
billion by 2014.
In the last 18 months Chen pioneered and launched CENX, a move
which is likely to change the wholesale industry. It runs the
world’s first carrier ethernet exchanges, creating
new global interchange points for ethernet services —
recognized with a Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award in
Hugh Bradlow, Telstra
Dr Hugh Bradlow is CTO for Telstra, the largest fully
integrated communications provider in the Southern Hemisphere.
Bradlow is recognised as one of the most influential ICT
thinkers and is a sought-after speaker both domestically and
He has been instrumental in setting the technology directions
for services in the post-telephony world, based on IP and
mobile networks, including Telstra’s Next G
network, one of the world’s largest and fastest.
Rob Pullen, Tellabs
Rob Pullen is driving profitable revenue growth at Tellabs. New
products now generate more than half of revenue. Profits are
up. New investments focus on growth regions such as Brazil,
China, the Middle East and Russia.
Pullen oversaw the $165 million acquisition of WiChorus, which
is enabling Tellabs to attack the mobile internet market with
the SmartCore 9100 platform, recognised by a global tier one
operator as having "four years’ advantage on the
Read GTB’s interview with Rob
Darren Entwistle, Telus
In 10 years as president and CEO of Telus, Entwistle has
transformed it from a Canadian regional telephone company into
a national operator through a strategy focused on data and
wireless, which includes a $53 billion investment in technology
and innovation across the country.
He began the project in 2000 with the purchase of Clearnet, a
Canadian nationwide mobile operator. Since then the company has
added QuebecTel, Williams Communications, PSINet and Emergis.
A few years ago he came close to bidding for Bell Canada,
potentially creating a dominant Canadian operator, but it just
escaped his grasp.
Erwan Ménard, Hewlett-Packard
Erwan Ménard is the key driver for HP’s
large communications infrastructure business, which integrates
a broad array of solutions and services from all across the
company. In the new "over the top" market, Ménard is
evangelising a compelling vision for service providers:
leverage network assets, re-invent your business model and
transform into a business exchange.
Before joining HP, he was with Alcatel-Lucent and previously
held management positions at Alcatel in Malaysia and the US
— including, in 2004, vice president North America for
Alcatel’s mobile communications group.
Read GTB’s interview with Erwan
Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm
Paul Jacobs, son of Qualcomm’s founder Irwin
Jacobs, has been CEO since 2005 and chairman since 2009. An
engineer, he has been working on digital mobile phones
technology for 20 years.
Qualcomm appeared to have lost an early key battle in mobile
technology, when the European GSM standard won market share
from its own CDMA. But in recent years the CDMA family has been
adopted for all flavours of 3G, and Qualcomm is now highly
active in the LTE business which will eventually succeed 3G: it
remains one of the most powerful companies in the business.
Punit Garg, Reliance Globalcom
Punit Garg is the visionary president and CEO of Reliance
Globalcom who has elevated the company to the one of the top 10
global providers of multi-carrier, hybrid VNO managed
solutions. Under Garg’s leadership, Reliance
Globalcom has developed rapidly, offering a world class
portfolio of global data and voice services, with specialist
expertise in secure connectivity into emerging markets
locations. He was instrumental in opening the first ever
terrestrial cable connection between India and China, two of
the world’s largest economies.
Chang Xiaobing, China Unicom
Chang Xiaobing has been chairman and CEO of China Unicom since
late 2004, since when he’s lost his CDMA
operations in the government-inspired reconstruction of the
Chinese industry — they went to China Telecom
— and acquired China Netcom, with its own fixed-line
China Unicom is the smallest of China’s three new
giants in terms of revenue. But it is creating new
international links with a shareholding relationship with
China Unicom has the advantage in China of being the only
operator of the three to be rolling out industry-standard WCDMA
for its 3G, not only giving it access to roaming data revenues
from visitors as well as access to volume products but also
allowing it to sell 3G versions of the Apple iPhone to its
Ryuji Yamada, NTT DoCoMo
Ryuji Yamada took over as CEO of NTT DoCoMo in June 2008 and
has made the company look outwards from Japan again. After
several years of withdrawing from the rest of the world
— after unhappy experiences trying to promote iMode at
the start of the decade — DoCoMo is working with Tata
in India, which is using the DoCoMo brand for its new
nationwide GSM rollout. At home, DoCoMo is competing with KDDI
and Softbank: all are moving towards LTE operations, though the
Japanese prefer to use the term 3.9G than 4G.
Gary Smith, Ciena
President and CEO Gary Smith has led Ciena through a decade of
industry challenges, and transformed it into a market leader as
a global supplier to 18 of the world’s 25 largest
Most recently, Smith led Ciena to its acquisition of
Nortel’s MEN assets, putting the company at number
one in the US market and number three globally, and
considerably changed the landscape of the industry.
Read GTB's interview with Gary Smith
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Telenor
Telenor, of which Jon Fredrik Baksaas is president and CEO, is
more than the incumbent of Norway. It has numerous mobile
businesses from Europe to Asia, including India, where it owns
Uninor, and now lays claim to the status of one of the biggest
mobile operators worldwide. A former CFO of a range of
companies before joining Telenor in 1989, he has been CEO since
Telenor has negotiated peace deals with its fellow shareholder
in Vimpelcom, the Russian operator, which may lead to further
investments around eastern Europe and the Asia
Masayoshi Son, Softbank
Softbank, led by CEO Masayoshi Son, bought
Vodafone’s Japanese operation for $15 billion in
2006 to add to its already successful range of businesses
— which include super-fast fixed network operations
and internet services.
Since then has continued to take the initiative in
Japan’s highly competitive telecoms market and has
worked closely with other leading operators from around the
world — for example, running the Joint Innovation Lab
with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and China Mobile, as part of
the company’s 30-year vision for development.
Charles Vogt, Genband
Charles Vogt is president and CEO of Genband. Since joining the
company in 2004, Vogt has orchestrated an impressive
transformation that includes aggressive organic growth,
partnering strategies and bold acquisitions, including its
recent acquisition of Nortel’s CVAS assets, adding
1,700 employees to the 500-person company.
Genband is now the recognized leader of the $2.5 billion
carrier VoIP market and has the opportunity to be among an
elite list of companies to grow from $5 million to $1 billion
in under 10 years.
Ian Livingston, BT
Taking the helm at BT in 2008 at a challenging time in the
company’s financial history,
Livingston’s achievement in beginning to bring the
company back to full financial health has exceeded
Hailed "Rocketman" by the Financial Times,
Livingston’s radical transformation programme had
improved customer service by April 2010 and delivered cost
reductions of £1.7 billion, reducing net debt by over
£1 billion and returning BT from a loss to over £1
In parallel, under his leadership, BT is investing £2.5
billion to bring super-fast broadband to two thirds of the UK
by the end of 2015.
Phuthuma Nhleko, MTN
Phuthuma Nhleko, group CEO and president of MTN, nearly found
himself part of one of the world’s largest
operators — if the 2009 proposed merger with Bharti
had gone ahead. But that went sour and Bharti bought
Zain’s African operations, so is now a rival to
MTN’s investments in sub-Saharan Africa.
But South Africa, where MTN is based, is one of
Africa’s biggest economies. The 16-year-old group
has mobile licences in 21 countries and had more than 116
million customers at the end of last year.
And in 2010 Nhleko led MTN’s sponsorship of the
World Cup in South Africa, something that raised the
company’s profile considerably.
Kevin Johnson, Juniper Networks
Kevin Johnson is CEO of Juniper Networks, transforming the
company from a sleepy router vendor to a technology innovator.
By extending the reach of the company into software and
end-to-end solutions, Johnson’s approach is
tripling the addressable market of the company and providing
significant cost savings for its enterprise and service
Johnson: in the second quarter of 2010 it had record revenue of
$978 million and year-over-year revenue growth of 24%.
Alexander Izosimov, VimpelCom
Alexander Izosimov is president and CEO of VimpelCom, the
Amsterdam-based, NYSE-listed merger of the Russian company OJSC
VimpelCom with Ukraine’s Kyivstar, owned by
Telenor and a Russian conglomerate, Alfa group, both also major
shareholders in VimpelCom itself. The $22 billion deal, which
leaves Telenor and Alfa each owning about 39%, created a giant
group with operations from Russia to Vietnam after years of
fighting between shareholders.
Izosimov now has the task of turning the expanded VimpelCom
into a unified enterprise covering territory with a total
population of about 345 million.
Tony Holcombe, Syniverse
Tony Holcombe, president and CEO of Syniverse Technologies, has
been excellent in moving his company into and maintaining a
clear leadership position in the telecom area. In just four
years he has transformed Syniverse into a global leader that is
well respected in dealing with the traffic demands from some
800+ mobile operators, cable and internet providers.
He did this all the while pursuing and managing the very
significant VeriSign messaging acquisition, and has been
further contributing to the industry’s interests
through his key membership on the Wireless Foundation Board
where he is vice chair.
Tarek Robbiati, Telstra International
Tarek Robbiati led Telstra-owned CSL in the transformation of
its business in Hong Kong, where it is at the forefront of LTE
development, and was appointed as the group managing director
of the Telstra International group in December 2009.
He is now responsible for Telstra’s assets outside
of Australia and New Zealand, leading the
company’s expansion and growth plans for its
mobiles division, managed services and connectivity business
and its China media assets.
Read GTB’s interview with Tarek
Tom Fallon, Infinera
Since Tom Fallon took over as CEO of optical networking vendor
Infinera in January 2010 the Silicon Valley-based company has
increased its revenue, taken market share from the traditional
vendors and revised its product roadmap.
The company’s market share in the long-haul sector
reached 15%, and it now ranks third in that sector. Its
domination of the North American market is stronger than ever,
at 38% share.
In May, Fallon’s team accelerated product plans,
discarding the previous plan with 40 gigabits for the next
technology generation of Infinera’s photonic
integrated circuits, and betting instead on a more ambitious
programme for systems based on 100 gigabit chips.
Just three months later, the company announced its first
successful field trial of those chips.
Leonid Melamed, Sistema
His company owns Russian mobile operator MTS, which is merging
with Comstar-UTS and its associated MGTS, the former
government-owned local fixed network in Moscow. Active outside
Russia in parts of the former Soviet Union, but is also
investing in India’s Shyam, where it is using the
MTS brand — perhaps a brand we’ll see in
other parts of the world in years to come. Sistema is diverse:
it also controls Intourist, the former monopoly travel agency
for the USSR, and IT and telecoms vendor Sitronics.
Read GTB's interview with Leonid Melamed
Kathryn Morrissey, AT&T
Kathie Morrissey is executive vice president at
AT&T’s wholesale operations, where she leads
international and domestic wholesale sales as well as sales to
the US federal government and to other sectors, including
government, education and medical.
Actively engaged on international telecoms issues, she chairs
the Pacific Partners Meeting and is on the PTC board of
governors. She also shares perspectives with global service
providers on how they can benefit from AT&T’s
network expertise and learning, a whole new type of consulting
Read GTB’s interview with Kathie
Naguib Sawiris, Orascom
Naguib Sawiris is executive chairman of Orascom Telecom
Holdings — part of a family enterprise that has
fascinating connections around the world. It is the only
operator in North Korea and has a foreign-owned operator in
Canada, where rules about national ownership are strict.
But there’s constant speculation about the group,
which also a major operator in Egypt and owns
Italy’s Wind. There appears to be a need for some
urgent debt restructuring and VimpelCom has been named as a
Quintin Lew, Verizon
Quintin Lew is senior vice president of marketing for
Verizon’s wholesale business unit, Verizon Global
Wholesale. He is instrumental in developing innovative
solutions that use the core competencies of
Verizon’s global network assets.
His understanding of the changing wholesale model enables
Verizon Global Wholesale to transform in parallel with the
market and meet customers’ needs in a timely
manner. Lew’s guidance helps ensure the highest
quality and technologically advanced services are available
around the globe.
Mike Quigley, NBN Company
Mike Quigley was holding his breath more than most Australians
when the country held its national election in August 2010. The
Labor government stayed in power — by the tiniest
margin, and so Australia’s national broadband
network project was saved.
The NBN Company, of which Quigley is executive chairman and
CEO, is rolling out this carrier neutral project and has even
signed up Telstra, the incumbent, to use the first
installations, in Tasmania. The target is to connect 90% of
homes and businesses with direct fibre and the other 10% with
wireless and satellite.
Quigley and the NBN project are ones to watch.
Matt Desch, Iridium Satellite
Former Telcordia CEO Desch has steered Iridium out of the era
in which people giggled at the name. Under his leadership the
company has funded and ordered the next generation of
satellites, Iridium Next, which will be the largest commercial
satellite system. The first go into orbit in 2015, but the
total fleet will have 66 in operation, six in orbit as spares,
and nine on the ground as spares, and will ultimately replace
the aging fleet planned back in the 1990s.
Read GTB's interview with Matt Desch
Saud Al-Dowaish, Saudi Telecom
Both Saudi Telecom and Saud Al-Dowaish, CEO of the company, are
relatively little known outside the Arab world, but the fast
growing company has become a significant investor in emerging
markets, especially in Asia.
Under his leadership the company has developed interests in
Kuwait, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, South Africa and
Bahrain — something which has enabled STC to serve a
larger number of customers internationally, especially when
many citizens of those countries are pilgrims to the holy
places of Saudi Arabia: 2.5 million people journey to Saudi
Arabia during each year’s Hajj.
Hannes Ametsreiter, Telekom Austria
Under Hannes Ametsreiter, Telekom Austria Group has maintained
a commendable performance despite the global economy,
competition and regulation. The Group shows mobile customer
growth in all markets and reduced access line loss in its fixed
division, including net additions in Q4 2009.
Ametsreiter also spearheaded the Austrian fixed and mobile
segments merger, creating customer advantage and meeting
convergent product demand. Ametsreiter is Board Member of the
GSM Association and founding member of the Wholesale
Read GTB’s interview with Hannes
Sandip Das, Maxis Communications
Sandip Das joined the Maxis Group, with operations across
Malaysia, India and Indonesia, as CEO in 2007, following an
impressive track record with Hutchison Essar, which he started
in 1994. Before leaving he built it into a 25-million
subscriber company. Now it is Vodafone Essar, one of
India’s largest mobile operators.
Since joining Maxis, he has strengthened Maxis’s
leadership as the number one telco and fifth largest company in
Malaysia, while the group has grown from 13 million to 60
Ricky Wong Wai Kay, City Telecom
As chairman and co-founder of City Telecom, Ricky Wong has
provided the vision that has created the fastest growing
service provider in Hong Kong, contributing to Hong Kong being
the third most fibred city in the world, with the best valued
broadband service in Asia.
The company is rapidly building market share by offering fibre
service at 100 megabits a second at US $13 a month and one
gigabits at $26. City Telecom is on track to become the largest
IP service provider in Hong Kong by 2016.
Mark Greenquist, Telcordia
As president and CEO of Telcordia, Mark Greenquist has
maintained a sharp focus and strengthened
Telcordia’s position as the global leader in the
development of mobile, broadband and enterprise software and
Despite the economic downturn, Greenquist’s
strategy has steadily grown the company by ensuring a spotlight
on delivering excellence, expanding the company’s
international reach in fast-growing, hyper-competitive markets
such as India. Telcordia’s international revenues
have grown at an annual rate of 22% between 2007 and 2009.
Read GTB’s interview with Mark
Abdel Malik Al Jaber, Zain
Dr Abdel Malik Al Jaber, CEO of Zain Levant and Jordan since
July 2009, has a wealth of experience and a long record of
achievements in the Middle East telecommunications industry.
Under his stewardship, in the 12 months to June 30, 2010, Zain
Jordan has witnessed a remarkable 14% growth in both revenue
and net profit and maintained its customer leadership of 42%
market share, despite operating in a competitive landscape of
Previously he was vice chairman and CEO of
Palestine’s Paltel group in 2003 during which he
was able to restructure the company towards increased profits
and sustained innovation and social responsibility in a very
competitive and operationally arduous environment.
Süreyya Ciliv, Turkcell
Süreyya Ciliv is a former Microsoft man with a Harvard
MBA, who as CEO of Turkcell has pioneered the launch of 3G
technology in Turkey despite the global economic crisis, legal
challenges and objections from the competitors in a highly
competitive market. He has transformed Turkcell from a mobile
operator to a leading technology and communications company.
Though Turkcell became the first Turkish company to be listed
on the NYSE before he arrived, he has developed it into a
widely-based service provider. It not has 61.4 million
customers in eight countries — Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan,
Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, Georgia, Northern Cyprus and Moldova.
Read GTB’s interview with
Osman Sultan, du
Osman Sultan was appointed CEO of du, the Emirates Integrated
Telecommunications Company, in January 2006, and tasked to set
up and develop the company to be a key player in the region.
He came to this position after spending eight years running
MobiNil, a company he helped set up and developed in 1998, to
became the first mobile telephony operator in Egypt.
His experience includes managing operations in several
countries in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Read GTB’s interview with Osman
Ravinder Jain, Aircel
CIO Ravinder Jain has transformed Aircel from a regional
operator with 8 million subscribers in 10 regions in India to a
national operator with 45 million customers in just seven
He rolled out a tier-one carrier grade OSS/BSS stack, based on
SOA architecture, set up world-class processes on using
industry standards such as the TM Forum’s eTOM,
and rolled out a service delivery platform to provide Aircel a
unique advantage in the world’s most fiercely
Albert Hitchcock, Vodafone
Albert Hitchcock, group CIO of Vodafone, is making significant
change to the way that Vodafone runs its business, processes
and systems through transformation of the back office. He is
leading the charge of significant operating cost reductions
across the Vodafone group.
His style is very collegiate and unassuming but he is being
quietly effective in making changes that will result in much
greater service consistency across Vodafone combined with the
ability to price services eve more competitively.
Gee Rittenhouse, Alcatel-Lucent
Gee Rittenhouse is a disruptive force, encouraging Bell Labs
scientists to purse ideas and innovations beyond the possible.
As vice president of Bell Labs Research, Rittenhouse
spearheaded the information and communication technology
community to join Alcatel-Lucent in the pursuit to improve
energy efficiency of networks by a thousandfold.
Green Touch, a consortium of academic and non-government
research experts, is his passion. He believes that through
industry cooperation the carbon footprint of networks can be
Steffen Roehn, Deutsche Telekom
Steffen Roehn is group CIO at Deutsche Telekom, where he is
leading the charge for Deutsche Telekom and its T-Mobile
subsidiary to transform service operations to meet the
challenges of the next decade.
A physicist — he studied at CERN — he is a
no-nonsense straight talker who is very effective in making
change but by leading and encouraging rather than dictating.
The task is enormous given the longevity of the incumbent
player in Germany combined with the multitude of subsidiaries
that DT owns around the world but Roehn seems more than up to
the challenge of making a real difference.
Keith Willetts, TM Forum
Co-founder and chairman of the TM Forum, Keith Willetts has
been a prominent industry figurehead and the driving force
behind the Forum’s continuous evolution for the
past 21 years, building it to be one of the largest and most
influential communications industry associations in the world.
The TM Forum, with membership now exceeding 700 companies in
195 countries, has expanded into other business sectors,
including enterprise IT, defence, government and financial
Willetts won the editor’s special award for
outstanding service to the industry at Global Telecoms Business
Innovation Awards in June 2010.
Read Keith Willetts in GTB
Peters Suh, Wholesale Applications Community
Peters Suh is leading the mobile industry’s
fightback against Apple’s app store and other
over-the-top services which provide operators will little
revenue. He is the CEO of the Wholesale Applications Community,
an alliance committed to building an open applications
Under Suh’s leadership, WAC will deliver an open
industry application development platform that will benefit the
entire ecosystem. By providing a single route for developers to
deliver the latest innovative applications, WAC will bring
applications to more than three billion global mobile users.
He previously served as CEO of the industry’s
Joint Innovation Lab: he is a newcomer to the Power100 but is
one to watch.
Matthew Key, Telefónica
Matthew Key is chairman and CEO of Telefónica Europe,
which owns not only the O2 fixed and mobile businesses in
Germany, the UK and elsewhere, but a corporate services
business outside Spain. Key’s formidable task is
to build for the Telefónica group, one of the
world’s biggest operators with most of its
business in Spain and Latin America, a significant market share
in Europe north of the Pyrenees.
Read GTB’s interview with Matthew
David Storrie, Nucleus Connect
Nucleus Connect, of which David Storrie is CEO, has just come
into operation as Singapore’s carrier-neutral
national broadband network, which is available on an equal
basis to all retail providers — though SingTel, with
its own network, will likely keep separate.
Storrie is an ex-BT staffer who was then head of integrated
network engineering at Singapore’s StarHub,
responsible for the day-to-day operations of its fixed, mobile
and cable networks.
Sanjiv Ahuja, LightSquared
Sanjiv Ahuja is chairman and CEO of LightSquared, one of the
most intriguing projects in the telecoms industry. It has
commissioned Nokia Siemens Networks to spend $7 billion over
the next eight years building a carrier-neutral LTE network,
delivered by conventional base stations and from satellite, to
cover the US.
LightSquared has bandwidth and licences, but so far has not
announced customers: Ahuja is aiming for mobile, cable and
fixed operators as well as gaming and device makers.
At the same time Ahuja, global CEO of Orange until 2008,
continues with two projects in Africa and Asia, Augere, which
provides WiMax coverage, and Eaton Telecom, which is investing
in passive infrastructure.
Saad Al Barrack, Zain
Saad Al Barrack is no longer group CEO of Zain, but is CEO of
its Saudi Arabian operation, which was its most expensive
licence acquisition, for $6.1 billion in 2007. It has seven
million customers after less than two years of operation, and
is ebitda neutral.
His vision of growing Zain into a global company failed
— but as compensation, Celtel, the African company he
acquired for $3.36 billion in 2005 was bought by Bharti for
$10.7 billion this year.
Will Al Barrack remain in Saudi Arabia? His experience may make
him an attractive catch for other operators in expansive mood.
Read GTB’s interview with Saad Al
Neil Montefiore, Starhub
A veteran with over 34 years of telecoms experience, Neil
Montefiore is one of the most recognised faces in
Singapore’s highly competitive telecommunication
industry. Prior to his present role of CEO of
Singapore’s StarHub, Montefiore was CEO and a
board director of rival operator M1.
StarHub is competing in Singapore with the incumbent, Singtel,
as well as M1 and others — where the rivals are using
a carrier-neutral national broadband network, one of the
world’s first such implementations.
Read GTB’s interview with Neil
Chris Wood, WIOCC
As CEO of WIOCC, Chris Wood has been one of the driving forces
in implementing the EASSy submarine cable, which is for the
first time bringing choice in high-speed international
connectivity to service providers, businesses and consumers
across southern and eastern Africa.
International communications have been extremely limited here,
leaving the region unable to benefit fully from the global
information revolution. Wood’s energy, leadership
and determination have been instrumental in securing
Africa’s connectivity to the world.
Sergey Lipatov, TTK
Since last year’s Power100 Sergey Lipatok has been
promoted from president of TTK to chairman of the board of
directors of this business, also known as TransTelecom, which
is owned by the Russian railway company RZD and makes excellent
use of its tracks across the vast Russian countryside. It is a
key player in the Russian telecommunications market, with the
valuable resource of a terrestrial network that reaches from
central Europe to the edge of south-east Asia, under the name
Sally Davis, BT
Over the last three years as CEO, Sally Davis has led the
transformation of BT Wholesale from a traditional product
wholesaler to a next generation managed services business,
forging long-term strategic customer relationships with the
market’s largest operators and helping to
fundamentally change the foundations of the UK industry at the
More recently, Davis has led BT Wholesale’s global
focus and the adoption of digital content distribution and IP
interoperability as platforms for future growth.
Colm Delves, Digicel
When Colm Delves joined Digicel as group CFO in 2004, the
company was in eight markets in the Caribbean. Since then, as
CEO since June 2005, he has overseen a fourfold increase in the
number of markets Digicel serves and has been instrumental in
taking the Digicel brand of best value, best service and best
network mobile communications across the Caribbean, central
America and the Pacific — often breaking monopoly
strangleholds of high prices and poor service. Today Digicel
serves 11 million customers in 32 countries.
Read GTB’s interview with Colm
Tom Alexander, Everything Everywhere
Tom Alexander has one of the most complex jobs in telecoms,
putting together the UK operations of Deutsche
Telekom’s T-Mobile and France
Telecom’s Orange. This new unified company called
Everything Everywhere was officially created on July 1, though
the original brands will live on for some time.
Everything Everywhere is now the largest operator in the UK and
— if Alexander succeeds — will be a model for
industry consolidation elsewhere.
Alexander has already been a trailblazer: he was the founder of
Virgin Mobile UK, the first MVNO, in 1999, a model that was
emulated worldwide, by Virgin and many others.
Hakam Kanafani, Türk Telecom
Hakam Kanafani has been group CEO of Türk Telecom since
only August 2010 — the latest stage in a career that
began at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
He has joined Türk Telecom, which has 16.3 million fixed
lines, 6.5 million ADSL broadband connections and 11.5 million
mobile customers, from its major shareholder, Oger Telecom, in
which Saudi Telecom has a substantial stake.
Before Oger, Kanafani was CEO of Jawwal,
Palestine’s first private cellular network, and
then COO of Palestine’s Paltel group.
He is also a director of South African mobile operator Cell C
— in which Oger is also an indirect shareholder.
Ibrahim Gedeon, Telus
As CTO of Telus, Ibrahim Gedeon is at the forefront globally of
service provider transformation. He led the effort of getting
competitors in Canada to expose wireless network APIs through
the GSM Association’s OneAPI — a world
His strategy of decomposing the OSS-BSS layer four years ago is
now bearing fruit in the areas of; all IP network and resource
control, service management and application enablement.
Subscriber management and identity, being the next challenge.
Ibrahim is clearly unique in the service provider world
re-inventing relevance in the OTT world.
Paul Reynolds, Telecom New Zealand
Paul Reynolds, the CEO of Telecom New Zealand, is proposing to
break the company into two — an infrastructure company
and a services company that would own no infrastructure. If he
succeeds in his project, he will be a pioneer, because he means
more than operational separation, but a complete division into
two independently owned companies.
The company already has a quasi-independent infrastructure
division, Chorus, which is responsible for the fixed network
used by Telecom NZ’s own retail operations as well
as by that of its competitors, including subsidiaries of
But if he succeeds, governments worldwide will be looking at
this model for their broadband projects.
Hossein Eslambolchi, 2020 Venture Partners
Hossein Eslambolchi, the former CTO/CIO of ATT, is chairman and
CEO of 2020 Venture Partners, with the goal of providing
technology and operations consulting to private equity firms
and venture capitalists in the areas of telecommunication
infrastructure, network intelligence and information and
In three years at AT&T he developed and executed a
comprehensive four stage strategy that included enterprise
customer service, network transformation, service
transformation and cultural transformation.
More recently he has immersed himself in identifying and
working with innovative companies that offer new and critical
technologies in VoIP, video and network management.
Ramez Younan, Orga Systems
Ramez Younan is CEO at Orga Systems, leading the globalisation
and reach of the company’s innovation, products
and services. With British and Egyptian nationality and living
in Germany, he has a multicultural approach to business
partnerships, cross-border collaboration and advancement of the
Younan has more than 22 years experience in software and
services industries, running global organizations and advancing
BSS and OSS solutions at telecommunications providers in over
45 countries worldwide.
Josh Silverman, Skype
Josh Silverman has survived Skype’s remarkable
change of shareholders over the past year: eBay sold a majority
stake to private equity owners and a chunk — with
gritted teeth — to a company owned by the founders,
Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, who had held onto vital
patents, a fact apparently missed by eBay when it bought the
Silverman, formerly CEO of eBay’s Shopping.com and
previously in charge of its European online classifieds
business, is an experienced entrepreneur who has pushed Skype
towards the corporate market. It started as a consumer-only
product, and IT departments are still wary of Skype traffic on
Chua Sock Koong, SingTel
As group CEO since April 2007, she oversees
SingTel’s three key businesses, Australia, where
the company owns Optus; Singapore, the home country; and
SingTel’s international operations.
She’s also on the board of Bharti Airtel, the
Indian mobile operator in which SingTel has a stake. Chua is an
accountant by training, and spend a long time as
She heads the company with footprints in the two Asia-Pacific
countries that are building national broadband networks
— Singapore and Australia. If those two bold
experiments work, other operators round the world will be
wanted to learn from her experience of such carrier-neutral
Michael O’Hara, GSM Association
In February 2010, Michael O’Hara, chief marketing
officer of the GSM Association, led the launch of the Wholesale
Applications Community, and has subsequently overseen the
WAC’s marketing and communications programmes as
O’Hara has also driven the evolution of the
GSMA’s content programmes, drawing leading-edge
speakers such as Google CEO Eric Schmidt to GSMA events, and
the creation of Mobile World Live, the GSMA’s
online portal which provides dynamic, thought-leading content
and networking opportunities in an easy-to-consume, interactive
Web 2.0 experience.
Chris Gabriel, formerly Zain Africa
As CEO of Zain Africa, Chris pioneered cross-border mobile
money transfer and closed several region-first multi-billion
dollar network outsourcing deals, in addition to driving
extensive CSR and employee development programmes.
Following the sale of Zain Africa to Bharti, Gabriel is
pursuing a number of other activities. He is jointly
establishing an African mobile tower company; is board advisor
to a renowned global telecoms consultancy; is driving the
establishment of global mobile e-money standards; and is
driving the establishment of global telecom renewable energy
Peter Chou, HTC
Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC, has been with the company since its
establishment in 1997, and it has become one of the leading
vendors of Windows Mobile phones and smartphones and a pioneer
of Android phones.
During his tenure, HTC became one of the first companies to
offer sophisticated product development services and has since
grown to become the world’s largest designer and
provider of phones — initially under its
clients’ brands but more recently under
HTC’s own name.
Rajiv Mehrota, VNL
Rajiv Mehrota has been a perpetual Indian telecoms entrepreneur
for 35 years. He founded Shyam Telelink, now part of the
Russian-owned Sistema group and operating under
Sistema’s MTS brand, and is a director of Sistema.
His latest venture is VNL, of which he is chairman and CEO. VNL
is called a "zero opex" network, using solar-powered base
stations so that operators can build a business case for
telephony to remote areas where ARPU is less than $2 a month.
The aim is to provide connectivity to the 800 million people in
India who are not yet covered by a phone network.
Kazuhiro Gomi, NTT America
Kazuhiro Gomi leads NTT America as its president and CEO and a
member of the board of directors. Gomi oversees all operations
of NTT America’s global tier-one internet
backbone, cloud and virtualization infrastructure, data centre
operations and global ethernet services.
Marty Cole, Accenture
Marty Cole is group chief executive of Accenture’s
communications and high tech group, which provides management
consulting, technology and outsourcing services to the
converging industries of communications, electronics, media,
Under his leadership, Accenture has worked with many global
telecommunications companies to provide secure mobile commerce
platforms, innovative broadband applications, customer care and
Hannes Van Rensburg, Fundamo
Hannes Van Rensburg founded and is CEO of Fundamo, which
launched the first mobile payments system in 2001 —
with Zambia’s Celpay. Today, Fundamo powers more
than one third of the world’s mobile money
deployments, and during 2010 Van Rensburg has been overseeing
the rollout of mobile money across most of MTN group,
connecting 130 million mobile subscribers. MTN Uganda alone has
secured more than a million active subscribers in a year. He
continues to be a restless evangelist for mobile banking and
Jeff Ganek, Neustar
Jeff Ganek, CEO of Neustar, is credited with steering the
company’s development for 10 years and has led the
growth of its revenues away from the original service area of
number portability — 90% now come from other
Ganek’s vision of global interoperability has
propelled Neustar towards a deeper exploration of IP-based
offerings and so is responsible for creating one of the biggest
and most essential directory services to the global
communications and internet industry to date. The company is
developing a close relationship with the powerful GSM
Association — particularly with its contract for
PathFinder, the association’s project to
interconnect IP data services.
Tom Starr, Broadband Forum
A founder member of the Broadband Forum in 1994, Tom Starr, the
current chairman and president, is a true architect of the
broadband availability the world enjoys today. He is a lead
member of technical staff in AT&T Laboratories in Illinois,
where he is responsible for the development and standardisation
of new local access technologies for AT&T’s
Selina Lo, Ruckus Wireless
Having pioneered smarter wifi systems to carry HD IPTV for
AT&T, Deutsche Telecom, Swisscom, Belgacom, PCCW, Telenor
and others, Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless, is
doing something else that many thought could never be done:
turning the unlicensed spectrum into reliable transport for
Lo is now innovating technology to help mobile operators solve
new infrastructure problems caused by the overload of data
traffic hitting 3G networks.
Håkan Eriksson, Ericsson
New CEO Hans Vestberg decided early in 2010 that the
company’s CTO, Håkan Eriksson, should become
its representative in Silicon Valley, California. There he has
replaced Bert Nordberg, newly appointed President of Sony
The Ericsson group has acquired Californian companies in the
past and it will be Eriksson’s task to find more
potential acquisitions in the area of fixed, mobile and
internet services. He remains a member of the group management
Stephen Mallinson, ip.access
Stephen Mallinson is CEO of ip.access, a company that
specialises in in-building mobile coverage, with a range of
public, office, and home picocells and femtocells already live
in some 50 networks.
Mallinson’s calm leadership not only secured the
support of influential investors, but also turned this into a
market success: witness its US contract with investor-partner
Cisco to provide AT&T with the world’s largest
femtocell deployment so far.
Vishwanath Alluri, IMImobile
Chairman and CEO of IMImobile, Vishwanath Alluri is a high tech
entrepreneur creating a technology company specialising in
mobile data. IMImobile is now operating in over 60 countries
and has taken over the listed company WIN. With aggressive
acquisitions and partnerships Alluri has evolved a managed
services model akin to software-as-a-service and a driving
force in industry initiatives and disruptive new business
Global Telecoms Business first published our list of the 100th most influential people in telecoms in
October 2008, to coincide with the 100th printed issue of
The Power100 appeared for the second time a