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 the GSM Association, come highly in the rankings: both are responsible for major initiatives to boost connectivity around the world.
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 businesses.
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 work.
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 TV services.
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 Conway
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 Hamadoun Touré
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 vision.
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 project.
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 and Telcel.
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 the industry.
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 revenues.
Read GTB’s interview with Dan Hesse
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 Vestberg
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 travel.
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 Narasimhan
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 Verwaayen
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 sales.
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 world.
Read GTB’s interview with Shi Lirong
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 worldwide.
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 Operations.
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 4G.
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 content portal.
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 Shamolin
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 convergence product.
Read GTB’s interview with Dan Dooley
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 Gorti
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 June 2010.
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 internationally.
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 competition”.
Read GTB’s interview with Rob Pullen
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 Ménard
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 business.
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 Telefónica.
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 customers.
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 service providers.
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 June 2002.
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 Pacific.
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 expectations.
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 billion profit.
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 provider customers.
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 Robbiati
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 service.
Read GTB’s interview with Kathie Morrissey
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 potential acquirer.
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 Applications Community.
Read GTB’s interview with Hannes Ametsreiter
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 million subscribers.
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 services.
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 Greenquist
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 four operators.
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 Süreyya Ciliv
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 Sultan
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 months.
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 competitive marketplace.
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 reduced.
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 organisations.
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 platform.
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 Key
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 Barrack
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 Montefiore
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 EurasiaHighway.
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 same time.
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 Delves
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 first.
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 Telstra.
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 communications technology.
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 industry.
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 company.
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 their network.
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 SingTel’s CFO.
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 FTTH projects.
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 interim CMO.
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 standards.
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, and entertainment.
Under his leadership, Accenture has worked with many global telecommunications companies to provide secure mobile commerce platforms, innovative broadband applications, customer care and billing solution.
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 finance.
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 applications.
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 network.
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 global telecoms.
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 Ericsson.
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 team.
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 models. GTB
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 magazine.
The Power100 appeared for the second time a year later.