Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom

Question: What's more likely – that Light Reading editors will get off their duffs and update the Top Ten Movers & Shakers, or that Ralph Nader will be elected President of the United States?

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."

Thanks for sharing, David. As a marketing guy, don't you think that's just a little bit too much information? Plus, didn't Selina Lo win a Leading Light award? Sheesh, how greedy can you get? Better luck next year.

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:

Table 1: Light Reading's Top Ten Movers & Shakers
Position Name
1 Matt Bross
2 Kevin Martin
3 Mark Wegleitner
4 Chris Rice
5 Mike Volpi
6 Basil Alwan
7 Carl Russo
8 Jagdeep Singh
9 Ron Sege
10 Blake Krikorian


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— The Staff, Light Reading

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digits 12/5/2012 | 3:54:13 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom OK, so who do you think is missing? Should Pat Russo be there for getting Lucent out of a hole? IS there another Basil Alwan lurking out there that has transformed a vendor's market position?

Surely someone has something to say about Infinera...

Let's get it all out in the open...
Stevery 12/5/2012 | 3:54:08 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom C'mon, did you make up the 'My CEO is hot' story?

First, does the idiot that wrote this still have a job?

Second, over 40 and hot? Gimme a break. The guy who wrote that is, what, 60? or 25 with a Oedipal complex?

Nice job David.
Stevery 12/5/2012 | 3:54:06 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom Whoops. Looks like I did surpass him.

First, the "over 40 and hot? Gimme a break" comment was a too-hastily written observation on the total lack of class of the comment, which was only to be exceeded by me. Obviously, 40 is the new 30, as your examples already pointed out. Regardless, a different choice of words might well suit the decorum (and employability) of a marketing person when espousing virtues in such a nomination.

And second, I did not realize monkeys could live past 40. Sorry for the offense.

Offensively yours,

(Did I just apologize to a bulletin-board monkey? I need a life.)
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:54:06 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom "over 40 and hot? Gimme a break."

Gosh, Stevery, PR boy may have issues, but did you feel a need to surpass him?

I give you: Terry Hatcher, Diane Lane, Elle McPherson, Angela Bassett, Kim Basinger, Juliette Binoche, Judy Dench...

And this just in: Halle Berry will turn into a total pig in September. Nicole Kidman, thank God, still has a year of life left to her...

Defensively yours, Larry
Yoda88us 12/5/2012 | 3:54:00 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom Did Matt give LR some stock to get on the list for a change?
straight shooter 12/5/2012 | 3:53:59 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom Gurgle, gurgle... It's just a big cesspool!

From the "has-been" bin in May '01 to the top dog in May '06: http://www.lightreading.com/do...

Go figure?!?
Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 3:53:54 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom nothing like falling off the mountain and climbing your way back up....

got any other tips?
issey 12/5/2012 | 3:53:49 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom Bross ??

Joking right.. The guy gets all his knowledge and ideas from soliciting vendors.. what he is good at is getting ideas from all the innovator companies.. snd pass on that knowledge to his preferred suppliers.. Those prefered suppliers bend over backwards to him on pricing /support etc.. and they will implement ideas he knicked from those that failed the bid..

I think Softbank Mr Son.. is the mover and shaker.. and deserves to be at the top.. or any of the leading providers in Korea.. but of course since Lightreading is so European and American centric.. that they fail to notice the worlds most competitive Telecoms/Networking markets of Japan & Korea..

Let me give another example..
Although Fastweb can now claim to be the worlds biggest in terms of IPTV service.. back only less than a year ago.. PCCW of HK had already 400K IPTV subscribers.. they came out with the service ahead of Fastweb by quite a margin.. and were certainly the worlds largest subscriber base of IPTV subscribers.. but no-one saw that.. most people ignored it.. Most people. were saying Fastweb this.. fastweb that... blah.. blah..

Get my point..
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