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Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

Light Reading
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How long has it been since we've updated our list of the industry's Top Ten Movers and Shakers? Let's put it this way: the last time we fiddled with the list, George Bush was the president and the U.S. was at war with Iraq.

And, even more painfully, just six months ago we led you to believe that we were somewhat close to finishing the list, just lacking a few suggestions from our smarter-than-average readers (see Pick Your 'Movers & Shakers').

Boy, were we wrong.

So, while we roost here with egg on our faces – and why not? It's good for the complexion – we present our newest, most updatedest list for your edification.

But first, a note of explanation:

This Top Ten Movers and Shakers list follows a familiar format at first, but then it gets kinda weird (well, okay, weirder). .

Our new list still has pictures and descriptions of each Mover and/or Shaker. We want you to know them. We want you to walk up to them at tradeshows and pat them on the back with one hand, while thrusting your resumé into their gut with the other, all the while droning on about how they're just the kind of person you've always "envisioned" yourself "working with."

Unlike our past Top Ten lists (see The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking ), however, our "Has Been Bin" has been upgraded with a special new feature: Really Horrible Haiku™. We've decided that in the post-bubble environment, just about every former Mover and Shaker needs to be moved into the "Has Been Bin," so it's time to find a more elegant manner of trashing them.

What about those who came close to making the list? We chose not to recognize them this time around. And it really would have been a stretch to include them. Need an example? Well, okay, we'll share one nomination:

    I pick CEO Barry Nalls of Masergy Communications.

    While AT&T, Qwest, and everyone else tout IP/VPNs, Barry started a company 3 years ago that does MPLS. No one, and I mean no one, does Native IP with MPLS.

    Barry’s Chief Scientist heads up the MPLS Forum, Mr. Nalls has raised $100 million in a non-VC funding period, and Barry is at the forefront of truly revolutionizing the industry... If you rally take a look at the Website, there is no smoke and mirrors... I say, last year, Light Reading missed Barry. This year, it’ll be hard to ignore him.


Thanks so much. While we appreciate Mr. Nalls's accomplishments, his name poses a problem. Too many jokes. Fish in a barrel really. Also, we're familiar with Masergy and the wonderful things they do with Native IP with MPLS (and native martinis with olives) – but we couldn't find anybody to corrobate the idea that Nalls has truly revolutionized the industry (without smoke and mirrors).

Okay, enough mucking about. Peruse the following lists at your leisure, ponder our choices, and then use the message boards – or this handy email link: [email protected] – to let us know how wise or silly you think our choices are.

Thanks for your kind attention. Here's the list:

Table 1: Top Ten Movers and Shakers
Position Name
1 Hossein Eslambochi
2 Hong Lu
3 Ron Martin
4 Greg Mumford
5 Ed Kennedy
6 Bobby Johnson
7 Niklas Zennstrom
8 Bill Smith
9 Brian Protiva
10 Jim Dolce


Table 2: The Has-Been Bin
Position Name
1 Carl Russo
2 Pat Nettles
3 James Wei
4 Paul Ferri and Ed Anderson
5 David Huber
6 Kevin Kalkhoven
7 Milton Chang
8 Dan Smith
9 Wu-Fu Chen




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Scott Raynovich
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Scott Raynovich,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:39 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
Hey Phil -- aren't you from Texas?

What's this "cozy Brit boys club" that indica's talking about?
alcabash
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alcabash,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:38 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
I don't get your comment on Enron and Fortune. Nobody can dispute that Enron was the most innovative company in America, they thought of accounting scams that had never been invented before ;-)
whyiswhy
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whyiswhy,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:37 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
Pat does not belong on this list. It's clear she has only self interest on her mind, with any trivial benefit to LU as a far second priority. In that regard, she is no different that anyone of the other LUsers on their board. They are just biding their time accumulating their excessive compensation, with no downside (to them) in sight.

So I think we need a top ten pigs list. Pigs are exceutives and their board cronies who cut themselves huge compensation packages and don't deliver. They hold the institutions that own their stock hostage by fear of change. And the analysts get cozy and fat on the deal too.

And big chunks of US industry go into the crapper.

But heck, that's JMHO

-Why
hauteroute
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hauteroute,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/4/2012 | 11:14:35 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
thanks Phil. Right on re: ENRON
hauteroute
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hauteroute,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:35 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
#1 on VH1 Top Models... Hey have some fun eh?
BobbyMax
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BobbyMax,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:33 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
To the best of my knowledge, nobody has mentioned or talk about these individuals. These guys may be spokesperson of theior respective, but they have nothing to do with any aspects of telecom.

In many companies, all work is done by the real employees but the guys mentioned here have taken the idea from their workers and have casted as their own idea. It happens too often that the work of junior engineers or a marketing is stolen by a senior person in the company and this guy becomes the inventor and anything else that the internal politics demands. I think, even to mention these names, is very dangerous to the morale of the people who advance ideas, but it is stolen by senior people in the company. These guys use these ideas freely as their own to advance their careers. It is really sickening.
RouterOttawa
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RouterOttawa,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:31 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
How come the "next" link still downloads a message from somebody you are ignoring? Did you forget the special case of said author's message being the last message on the list?

Just curious.

PS: Perhaps you can filter out all of the "all your base" crap while your rewriting your software.
Larry, Monkey
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Larry, Monkey,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/4/2012 | 11:14:30 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
You suggest: 'Perhaps you can filter out all of the "all your base" crap while your rewriting your software.'
An excellent suggestion, but, alas, all-your-base deletion is still rather labor intensive... which means the all-your-baser (who shall here remain nameless) is perilously close to permanent banishment.
romeo-foxtrot
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romeo-foxtrot,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:29 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
Mumford is very smart. Manages all the details. Makes sure that product development is well done.

But a "mover and shaker"?

His role in making Nortel an optical power-house was primariliy to have been lucky in having the OC-192 system that was designed solely for MCI become the industry norm through clever marketing (that didn't come from him) and the start of an industry bubble.

Apart from that Greg stayed stuck for way too long in the high cost mentality that has made Nortel optical gear non competitive in today's market (unless it is sold below cost), and his role as CTO has NOT had him play the leading technology visionary role that LightReading ascribes to him, especially in VoIP and Wireless, where a lot of the "technology vision" was laid out way before he came into the role.

Greg is a great traditional telecom manager, and highly respected. As a visionary, you may want to look elsewhere.
romeo-foxtrot
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romeo-foxtrot,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:28 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
So let's start the list.....

No. 1 nomination seems to be, from previous posters, Pat Russo, for continuing to line her pockets while not driving the cuts Lucent needs. This way we are now also inclduing a woman.

I nominate Vinod Khosla as number 2, for playing the slimey game of "stock options for contracts" with his start-up investments (ONI, Corvis) that led to the completely unethical of Matt Bross & company.

And of ocourse the list MUST include Matt Bross, for reasons well known to all (see http://www.lightreading.com/do... )

So the "Top 10 Pigs" list is now:

1 - Pat Russo
2 - Vinod Khosla
3 - Matt Bross
4 - ....

I will update as new nominations come in.....
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