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At the front of the leaders of the industry
27 September 2011
Global Telecoms Business announces this year's Power 100, the 100 most powerful people in the industry
Global Telecoms Business has decided to name Hamadoun
Touré, the secretary general of the International
Telecommunication Union, as the most powerful position in this
year's GTB Power 100.
This is the fourth time GTB has named the top 100 people in the
industry: last year's leader was Randall Stephenson, CEO of
AT&T; the year before it was Rob Conway, at the time CEO of
the GSM Association - a position he resigned from earlier in
That Touré has reached the first position, in GTB's
list, should not be taken as a judgment on Stephenson: he
remains the most powerful leader of an operator in the world.
But in the past year Touré at the ITU - the world's
oldest United Nations agency - has done much to elevate the
international status of our hugely important industry and put
it on the world's political platform.
Touré has been the visionary driving force behind the
Broadband Commission, a team made up of a dazzling set of the
industry's leaders - no one else on the planet could have
rounded up John Chambers of Cisco, Carlos Slim Helù of
Telmex, Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm, Wang Jianzhou of China Mobile,
Hans Vestberg of Ericsson and a team of others to work together
to develop a broadband development policy for the world.
We thank the readers of Global Telecoms Business around the
world for their enthusiasm in nominating leaders for this
year's Power 100. It's always hard - and controversial - then
to put the suggestions in some sort of order, and to omit those
from number 101 onwards.
But we home that readers will agree that Touré's work in
setting up and steering the Broadband Commission means he more
than deserves his selection as the most powerful of the Power
100 for 2011.
To read the Power100 in full, follow these links:
Power 100 numbers 1-10 here
Power 100 numbers 11-25 here
Power 100 numbers 26-50 here
Power 100 numbers 51-75 here
Power 100 numbers 76-100 here
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