In considering finalists for the 2010 Light Reading Leading Lights Awards, the Deal Maker category was easy pickings. Companies saw the opportunity to change an industry sector -- or felt the desperation of needing to improve their own lot -- and made some bold moves.
Technically, the category isn't just about mergers; a shrewd spinoff or financing would have been eligible, too. But the merger pool was rich, and it provided us with eight finalists and some strong runners-up.
We had to draw the line somewhere, and it's worth noting that Genband Inc. came very close to making the cut. Like Ciena, Genband hopes to dramatically change its standing in the industry after buying a chunk of Nortel. (See Genband Bids $282M for Nortel's VoIP Unit, Charles Vogt, CEO, Genband, Genband CEO Sees Opportunity in a Complex Deal, and The New Genband: Day One.)
Any others we missed? The message board is open.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading