Now nearly 48 hours into the voting, it's apparent that this award will go to the one who wants it most. And that person, so far, is Tech Mahindra CEO Vineet Nayyar, who leaps ahead with more than 75 percent of the votes.
The total votes cast to date number more than 4,300, which suggests that the pro-Nayyar voters are the first to organize and mobilize for the Leading Lights cause.
Yesterday, John D'Ambrosia, chair of the IEEE's Higher Speed Study Group jumped out to an early lead with more than 60 percent of the vote. D'Ambrosia now has barely 8 percent, and he's nearly tied for second with Kim Perdikou of Juniper Networks.
Some very large companies have yet to rally 'round their representatives. Nortel, BT, Ericsson, and Time Warner Cable would be absolutely embarrassed if the polls were to close today.
Today's Leading Lights laggard is now decentral.tv's Daniel Graf. But we're confident that will change as soon as he gets all those high-flying kyte users to waft the way to the poll.
The winner of this award -- and all our other Leading Lights Awards -- will be announced at a special awards dinner on October 15 in New York City following the first day of our Ethernet Expo.
The Person of the Year poll closes September 28, which is also the entry deadline for the remaining Leading Lights awards categories. To submit your entry for Leading Lights, go to www.lightreading.com/awards.
To cast your vote for Person of the Year, click here.
— Phil Harvey, Barely Managing Editor, Light Reading