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Top 10 Movers & Shakers

The problem with these lists is that there's always a plethora of talented folks we'd like to include, but simply can't, otherwise the list becomes somewhat meaningless. (And in a Top 10, the space is limited.)

So on this page, we thought it'd be nice to name-check the folks we regarded highly, but ultimately left out for one reason or another. Oh, and to add a bit of fun (and for the sake of brevity), we listed our reason for leaving out each exec using the Twitter standard of about 140 characters.

In no particular order, a hearty pat on the back to the "nearly, but not quite" folks:

  • Cablevision's Tom Rutledge: He took the programmers to the mat (and won) over an ambitious RS-DVR project. Now where's the big launch?

  • Time Warner Cable's Peter Stern: Stern's beating the 'TV Everywhere' drum, but it's not really everywhere, is it?

  • Comcast's Amy Banse: Banse has helped get Comcast's TV Everywhere service going. But outside of that pond, we found some much bigger fish.

  • Comcast's Cathy Avgiris: Avgiris will one day mesh the MSO's wired and wireless plays. That day hasn't come yet, to say the least.

  • Verizon's Anthony Lewis: The open mobile push isn't a worldwide winner yet. We bet it'll take off in an LTE world.

  • Motorola's Sanjay Jha: The Droid army shook Moto out of a RAZR hangover. But more is needed to revive the Moto Mobility culture.

  • CenturyLink's Glen Post: Glen Post could be creating a major new US telecom player, but he seems determined to do it quietly, so mum's the word.

  • Huawei's Matt Bross: As Huawei CTO, Bross had to be considered. But he's gone into hibernation. So while he might be shaking, he's not moving too much.

  • Metaswitch's Kevin DeNuccio: DeNuccio has grand plans to make Metaswitch a major player. We've seen some progress so far, but it's debatable if we'll see any seismic shifts.

  • Alcatel-Lucent's Basil Alwan: Basil still gets top marks, but we've given him his due. We'll be likely to say some more when we've seen something new.

Brevity is brutal, ain't it? Give us your assessment of our list, our misses, and our Twittery-honorable mentioned page in the message boards below or by sending a note to us on Twitter: @Light_Reading.

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Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:29:38 PM
re: Top 10 Movers & Shakers

Optical has almost no representation on the list, we know.

With all respect to the hard-working folks in that sector - it was hard to come up with a candidate.  First, the big moves in telecom are being dominated by wireless.  Second, it's such a fragmented market that it's tough to say that any given optical exec is truly moving and shaking the industry.

Disagree?  Let us know who you would have picked.

Piyushralhan00 12/5/2012 | 4:28:52 PM
re: Top 10 Movers & Shakers

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DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:28:48 PM
re: Top 10 Movers & Shakers

We also raised the bar a bit this time around... you had to have some influence over a market in a country outside of your own. That pretty much explains why Glen Post and Tom Rutledge didn't make the cut.

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:28:45 PM
re: Top 10 Movers & Shakers


I agree with your comment.  However, then therefore LR should change the title of the list to "Telecom" movers and shakers. 

it is not really an optical list at all.  In fact, more of a carrier list with some major systems vendors mentioned. Zero optical on this list.

Change the name.  It is misleading at best.


DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:28:42 PM
re: Top 10 Movers & Shakers

the report is called Top 10 Movers & Shakers. nothing optical about the title. 

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:28:29 PM
re: Top 10 Movers & Shakers

Matt Bross? What is this, Y2K Nostalgia?

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