Ha! Sorry Ralph – we beat you to it.
Since only our most geriatric readers will remember the last such list we published, let's recap: We nominate the people we think are having the biggest influence to change the way the telecom industry is working, primarly by implementing technological change. Note: We only nominate people are who classy – or those who even deign to answer our phone calls – so if your PR handler has at one time told us to stick our heads in an Iranian centrifuge, well then, sorry Charlie.
What about public input, you ask? We did issue a call for nominations, which, with a few exceptions, elicited the most shameless collection of PR pitches in the history of trade journalism. (See Movers & Shakers: Help Pick 'Em.)
For example, let's just excerpt what spokesman David Callisch of Ruckus Wireless had to say about Selina Lo, Ruckus CEO:
"Selina Lo Moves and Shakes. Waaaay more than some of the folks on your list.
"She’s taken a fundamentally unreliable technology - Wi-Fi – and made it carrier class. Once again, she’s at the right place, at the right time, with the right product..."
"She’s signed up PCCW (Hong Kong), Pioneer (US), Maxisat (Finland), Magnet (Ireland) and a whole bunch of rural US providers in less that a year. She’s also licensed her stuff to NETGEAR and has attracted the attention of the big boys (Sprint, Bell South, SBC, Motorola, etc.)...
" ... Plus she’s hot. What more could you ask for? Brains, beauty and brawn."
Now that you've got a glimpse inside the ugly mailbox of a Light Reading editor, take a look at the actual list. Let us know how you feel at [email protected] – we know you won't hold back.
Here's the list:
- Page 2: Matt Bross, CTO, BT
- Page 3: Kevin Martin, Chairman, FCC
- Page 4: Mark Wegleitner, CTO, Verizon
- Page 5: Chris Rice, Executive VP, AT&T
- Page 6: Mike Volpi, Senior VP, Cisco
- Page 7: Basil Alwan, President of IP, Alcatel
- Page 8: Carl Russo, CEO, Calix
- Page 9: Jagdeep Singh, CEO, Infinera
- Page 10: Ron Sege, CEO, Tropos
- Page 11: Blake Krikorian, CEO, Sling Media
— The Staff, Light Reading