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GTB Power 100: 1-10

27 September 2011

The first 10 in the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 for 2011

Read more: ITU AT&T Verizon Telefónica Google Telmex Apple Telecom Italia GSMA

Other pages for the Power 100:
Power 100 main page
Power 100 numbers 11-25 here 
Power 100 numbers 26-50  here
Power 100 numbers 51-75 here
Power 100 numbers 76-100 here
Hamadoun Touré
International Telecommunication Union

Dr Hamadoun Touré is secretary-general of the ITU, the UN agency for information and communications technology. The prime mover in establishing the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, of which he is co-vice-chair, he believes the right to communicate should be recognised as a fundamental human right. He is a leader with a passionate commitment to development and the power of ICTs to catalyse social and economic change. Touré has some big challenges ahead during the remainder of his second four-year term, with his revival of the ITU Telecom conference and exhibition and a host of rules and standards revision.

Randall Stephenson

Stephenson became chairman, CEO and president of AT&T in 2007. Under his direction, AT&T has defined and led the mobile broadband revolution, with industry-best positions in smartphones and emerging wireless devices. Since the end of 2006, AT&T has added more than 37 million wireless subscribers. And in March 2011, Stephenson announced the transformative agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. Upon completion, the combination will enable AT&T to deliver LTE to 97% of the U.S. population.

Lowell McAdam

Lowell McAdam took over from Ivan Seidenberg as president and CEO of Verizon Communications in August 2011. He also chairs the Verizon Wireless board of representatives, and as such appears to have begun a new relationship with Vodafone, which owns 45% of Verizon Wireless. He comes from the wireless side — with key executive positions at Verizon Wireless since its inception in 2000 until 2010, including CEO from 2007.

César Alierta

As executive chairman and CEO César Alierta has led Telefónica to global leadership. With O2 and Vivo in his pocket, highly diversified operations in 25 countries, 295 million clients and strategic alliances with China Unicom and Telecom Italia, Alierta presides over one of the largest telcos by market cap. Known for his vision and masterminding abilities, he is spearheading the transformation of the industry to take full advantage of the opportunities that the new digital world offers, with the creation of London-based Telefónica Digital, now sitting alongside Europe and Latin America as the group’s three core businesses.

Larry Page

Google’s co-founder Larry Page returned to his position of CEO in 2011 after 10 years when Eric Schmidt became executive chairman. Page is responsible for Google’s day-to-day-operations, as well as leading the company’s product development and technology strategy. He co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998. In 2011 Google bid, but failed to win, Nortel’s intellectual property but then did win a bid for Motorola Mobility, the mobile phone making unit of the troubled company — putting Google into the controversial position of competing with other Android terminal makers.

Carlos Slim Helù
Telmex/América Móvil

Carlos Slim Helú, the richest person in the world, is chairman and CEO of Telmex and its mobile partner América Móvil, with huge operations across central and South America. In 2010 he became, with Hamadoun Touré, co-chair of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which is calling on the international community to take seriously the need for broadband for the whole world.

Tim Cook

The new CEO of Apple, former Compaq executive Tim Cook was Apple’s COO until Steve Jobs stepped down because of illness. He was responsible for all of Apple’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of its supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships. As CEO, we have yet to see how he will retain Apple’s powerful and unusual position in the telecoms industry.

Franco Bernabè
Telecom Italia and GSM Association

Franco Bernabè has been chairman of the board and CEO of Telecom Italia for almost four years, after a career in the car industry and the oil industry. In early 2011 he became chairman of the GSM Association and set about turning what had become one of the most powerful bodies in the industry back into a trade association. When he appointed Anne Bouverot to head the GSMA in place of Rob Conway — who had been CEO — it was made clear that Bouverot would be director general, because that is the term used by most trade associations.

Dan Hesse

Since joining Sprint in late 2007, CEO Dan Hesse has led a sustained and comprehensive long-term campaign to rebuild customer satisfaction, resurrect Sprint’s brand and strengthen its financial position. As a result, Sprint has scored 14 straight quarters of improving customer care scores and added more than a million net new customers in each of the last three quarters. Hesse is overseeing the company’s network vision upgrade which will reduce costs, improve coverage and provide flexibility to maximize its spectrum assets. In the second quarter of 2011 Sprint recorded its lowest ever customer churn and grew revenue by 4% year-on-year.

Satoshi Miura

Satoshi Miura is president and chief executive of NTT. He joined the company in April 1967 and was elected to his current position of president of NTT in 2007. In 2010 the group, which includes NTT Communications and NTT DoCoMo among its companies, generated revenues of $133.5 billion, making it the largest carrier group by revenue in the world. In spite of the devastating earthquake in Japan earlier in the year, NTT Group saw an increase in revenues and income exceeded forecasts. Miura reported that the increase was due, among other things, to an increase in IP-related revenue and NTT DoCoMo’s packet ARPU. 

Other pages for the Power 100:
Power 100 main page
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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