February 12, 2013 | By Sue Marek
As every CEO knows, the real value of a company resides in its employees, not its technology or its patents or even its network (even though many wireless operator marketing messages may differ). But attracting and keeping talented individuals can be difficult in this competitive business landscape. That's why it's important to champion the smart and savvy risk-takers who help a company stand apart from its competitors.
Today we want to celebrate these rising stars of the wireless industry. These are people who are faced with such daunting challenges as modernizing a network, deploying state-of-the-art technology, launching a new business group, or perhaps breathing new life into a struggling company. These are the risk-takers and the innovators who we believe are worth watching in the coming year.
Please meet the 2013 rising stars of wireless:
|Fared Adib, senior vice president of product development and operations, Sprint Nextel|
|Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Internet Services and SVP of software strategy, Qualcomm|
|David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility|
|Joe Clayton, president and CEO, Dish Network|
|Colson Hillier, vice president, Precision Market Insights, Verizon Wireless|
|David Kimbell, chief marketing officer, U.S. Cellular|
|Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla|
|John Legere, CEO, T-Mobile USA|
Clearly, there are many wireless executives in the U.S. market doing great things. But we think the decisions and choices that these eight people will make in the coming year will have a long-lasting impact on the companies where they work as well as on the entire wireless industry.
These are the people we think will play a critical role in wireless in the coming year. Will they rise to the top? --Sue
P.S. Check out our rising stars from 2012, 2011 and 2010.