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2002 Top Ten: People

Where would the wireless business be without the very best individuals to help it on its way, eh? That's what we thought, so we've picked out some of the folk who have made some sort of mark in the mobile world in 2002 and handed out some awards befitting their notoriety. Best Name
Who else could it be but the CEO of recently-formed Cometa Networks Inc., Mr. Larry Brilliant (see Rainbow Unveiled). What else can we say? Lucent spokesman Steve Loudermilk was in the running too, but there's no beating Brilliant. Worst Career Move
Back in late September, he was part of the team from Sonera Corp. (Nasdaq: SNRA) that was trying to tell the world that 2G was 3G (see 3G Redefined, Finnish Style). Two months later Jari Jaakkola, the carrier's executive vice president of corporate communications and IR, was behind bars (see Sonera Slammed Up). Can anyone's career recover from that? Most "Confident" CEO
Well, we're using the term "confident." Others might be less generous, or even spiteful perhaps, and say he's too cocky for his own good. Not us, though. We just think he's very very confident. Anyway, for complete and total belief that 2003 is going to be a major-league year for IPWireless Inc., CEO Chris Gilbert walks off with this one (see IPWireless Flies the TDD Flag, IPWireless Fattens Its Wallet, and IPWireless Walks New Zealand). And it's not like we don't think the company has a great story to tell – IPWireless is in the number two spot in Unstrung's Top 25 Startups. Least Convincing Argument
"The Nokia 7650 Imaging Phone is not a mobile phone," is the late-night revelation that wins Kari Tutti, VP of communications at Nokia Corp.'s (NYSE: NOK) Mobile Phones division. So what is it, then? "It is an imaging device, not a mobile phone. If we have this conversation two years from now, the public will not think this [7650] is a mobile phone," he stated in early October. As the peculiarly British phrase goes, "Pull the other one, it's got bells on it." Best Dresser
You won't be surprised to find out that it's good old reliable Dickie. Yes, Richard Branson, head of the Virgin Group, wowed us with his attire at the launch in late July of Virgin Mobile USA LLC (see Branson Targets US Teens). Don't count against him winning the title in 2003! Optimist of the Year
That'll be former Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) man Ran Mokady, now CEO of Pogo Mobile Solutions. Read Pogo Bounces Back to Life to find out why he gets this award, but good luck to Ran The Man and his Pogo team. Top Quitter
After a few seconds' thought, we decided to give this to Sir Christopher Gent (see So Tough at the Top). He's done well with Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), all in all, but it seems he's a bit sensitive (see Sticks & Stones May Break My Bones…). Now he's making plans for all those millions he has banked recently (see Gent's Golden Shower). See you in the Maldives, Sir Chris. Most Extreme Memory Loss
This one goes to Richard Brennan, executive VP for Orangeworld and Brand at Orange SA (London/Paris: OGE). In front of hundreds of people at the launch of the spanking new Windows-powered SPV handset (see Orange Uncovers Its SPV), Brennan talked of a monthly fee for unlimited data use, with specific events such as the downloading ringtones and sending pictures attracting a further charge. Having been asked to confirm it was an "all-the–data-you-can-eat" tariff, he twice confirmed this was so. He had obviously forgotten, in the excitement of the launch, that this just wasn't so (see Unlimited Surfing Claim All Wet). Pay attention at the back, Brennan – we'll be testing you on your charging structures later! Most Suitable Name
Has to go to Hank Nothhaft, new CEO of wireless access software firm Danger Inc. According to one of Unstrung's backroom boys, Matt "Cosmo" Cramer, this big cheese's name translates (roughly) as "dangerous" in German (see The Name's Danger... Hank Danger). And his word's good enough for us! And last, but not least… Seventies Throwback of the Year
Congratulations to Doug Hamilton, global creative director at Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong: 0013), who designed the logo for Hutchison's 3G business around the world (see Copywriters on Acid). Someone tell Douglas that we're in the 21st century now, PLEASE! — Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung
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