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Verizon's Elby Leads LR Voting

4:45 PM -- I have to admit, I thought Irwin Jacobs of Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) was going to be the runaway choice in our Light Reading Hall of Fame poll. And the first few votes put him clearly in first place.

But sometime yesterday, Stuart Elby of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) took the top spot early on and hasn't given up yet. Jacobs? He's fourth.

We've only gotten a few dozen responses, admittedly. Apparently voting for our Hall of Fame isn't as fun as, say, following the Olympics (or complaining about them). But the love for Elby -- and for John D'Ambrosia, the high-speed Ethernet standards guru who's now at Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL) -- is quite clearly voiced.

Table 1: Your HoF Choices So Far
Candidate Weighted Score
Stuart Elby, Verizon 501
John D'Ambrosia, Dell 468
Matt Bross, Huawei, BT, Williams 437
Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm 422
Richard Frenkiel, BellSouth 420
Rob Pullen, Tellabs 389
Jack Grubman, Salomon Smith Barney 341
David Huber, Corvis 330
Donald Keck, Corning 324
Drew Perkins (or Dave Welch?), Infinera 253
Ren Zhengfei, Huawei 245
Richard Snelling, BellSouth 215
Niklas Zennstrom, ex-Skype 205
Source: You, unless you didn't vote yet. Go vote!

A couple of surprises:
  • Very little interest in Ren Zhengfei as a nominee. Is that because his name is near the bottom of the poll? (We're trying an experiment to see if that's why. Shhh.)

  • A strong showing for Rob Pullen, the former Tellabs CEO who recently passed on. A small Twitter campaign might be helping.

We should mention that this vote is unofficial and non-binding. We reserve the right to add five names that none of you like (and you, of course, would have the right to throw virtual rotten tomatoes at us on the message boards).

The good news: We're still taking nominations (Hedy Lamarr comes to mind). Feel free to nominate a Hall of Famer at www.lightreading.com/leadinglights, or call out their name on the message board below.

We're going to close the poll late on Monday -- or maybe Tuesday, if the voting stays interesting. Because the poll involves moving stuff around with the mouse, you can think of it as a very retro video game. Doesn't that sound fun?

You'll find the poll here, and thanks in advance for voting.

— Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:24:46 PM
re: Verizon's Elby Leads LR Voting

There's still the question of whether Glenn Wellbrock is a more appropriate fit for the LR Hall of Fame.  If anyone has some advice for us there, feel free...

wanlord 12/5/2012 | 5:24:44 PM
re: Verizon's Elby Leads LR Voting

I thought Elby was now running that video digital media clearing house thing. That they hyped up a few years ago but I cant find any updates on it when searching. Did analyst get that right? Is it dead?



Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:24:38 PM
re: Verizon's Elby Leads LR Voting

You know, I'm not sure.  My impression is that Elby is still working with CDNs and all, but to be honest, the last couple of times I've encountered him, all I asked him about was software-defined networking.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:24:37 PM
re: Verizon's Elby Leads LR Voting

So, we did move Ren Zhengfei to a higher spot in the standing -- and he moved downward in the poll results!

Readers have spoken! They don't want Ren Zhengfei in the Hall of Fame.

My question: Why not? You might not like him, but I find it hard to deny his company's impact on the industry. (And keep in mind, this HoF is for scoundrels as well as heroes ...)

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