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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 2011.
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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