Top 25 Most Powerful People in US Wireless 2012

Tim Cook, Apple CEO
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Top 25 Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless 2012From the CEOs of the largest wireless operators to the heads of government agencies, the movers and shakers that make up the 2012 FierceWireless 25 Most Powerful People in the U.S. Wireless industry are the people that are shaping the industry. They are the power brokers that control the wireless networks we use, the smartphones we buy and even the apps we download.

When we compiled the 2012 list of the 25 Most Powerful People in the U.S. Wireless Industry, we looked for individuals who we believe have a unique mix of influence, business savvy, leadership and technical expertise.

Some selections may surprise you. For the first time, we have a CTO on our list – Neville Ray – the "rock star" CTO of T-Mobile USA who is responsible for the company's network transformation that includes the integration of MetroPCS' network once that acquisition is approved. Another newcomer is the elusive F.J. Pollak, the president and CEO of Tracfone Wireless, an MVNO that boasts more than 21.6 million subscribers. Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of Japan's Softbank also made the list thanks to his company's recent $20.1 billion investment in Sprint.

Perhaps just as interesting as the newcomers to the list are those that were removed from the list—proving once again that power can be fleeting. Sanjiv Ahuja, former chairman and CEO of LightSquared is no longer on the list. He resigned from his position in February as his company faced  increasing regulatory hurdles to launching its network. Rhen Zhengfei, the founder, chairman and CEO of Huawei is no longer on the list after the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a report that recommended that the U.S. government and U.S. companies avoid using equipment from Huawei because it posed a security threat and potentially has ties to the Chinese military Huawei has denied those claims and so has the Chinese government. To see the entire 2011 Most Powerful People in the U.S. Wireless Industry, click here.

This list is a compilation of who we think are the innovators and leaders in the U.S. wireless industry. We realize that wireless is a global business, and many of our candidates oversee international companies, but we selected people based upon their influence here in the United States.

You may not agree with all our picks but I can assure you that this list was not compiled lightly. The Fierce editors scrutinized every person we selected to make sure we could justify their position. I encourage you to respond to our poll question here and weigh in with your pick for who should be the most powerful person in the U.S. wireless industry.

Steve Berry, President and CEO, Competitive Carriers Association Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson Charlie Ergen, Chairman, Dish Network Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint
Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter Erik Prusch, CEO, Clearwire Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO Qualcomm  Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility
Thorsten Heins, CEO, Research In Motion Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC John Donahoe, President and CEO, eBay J.K. Shin, President, Samsung Mobile Communications Lowell McAdam, Charirman, CEO and President of Verizon Communications
Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Masayoshi Son, CEO, SoftBank Jeff Bezos, Chairman, CEO and President, Amazon Larry Page, CEO, Google
Stephen Elop, CEO, Nokia Hu Menna, CEO, C Spire Wireless F.J. Pollak, President and CEO, TracFone Wireless Neville Ray, CTO, T-Mobile USA Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
25. Steve Berry, President and CEO, Competitive Carriers Association - Most Powerful People in Wireless
24. Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square - Most Powerful People in Wireless
23. Thorsten Heins, CEO, Research In Motion – Most Powerful People in Wireless
22. Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent - Most Powerful People in Wireless
21. Stephen Elop, CEO, Nokia - Most Powerful People in Wireless
20. Peter Chou, CEO, HTC - Most Powerful People in Wireless
19. Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter - Most Powerful People in Wireless
18. Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC - Most Powerful People in Wireless
17. Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft – Most Powerful People in Wireless
16. Hu Meena, President and CEO, C Spire Wireless - Most Powerful People in Wireless
15. Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson - Most Powerful People in Wireless
14. Erik Prusch, CEO, Clearwire - Most Powerful People in Wireless
13. John Donahoe, President and CEO, eBay - Most Powerful People in Wireless
12. Masayoshi Son, CEO, SoftBank - Most Powerful People in Wireless
11. F.J. Pollak, President and CEO, TracFone Wireless – Most Powerful People in Wireless
10. Charlie Ergen, Chairman, Dish Network – Most Powerful People in Wireless
9. Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Qualcomm – Most Powerful People in Wireless
8. J.K. Shin, President, Samsung Mobile Communications – Most Powerful People in Wireless
7. Jeff Bezos, Chairman, CEO and President, Amazon - Most Powerful People in Wireless
6. Neville Ray, CTO and Executive Vice President, T-Mobile USA - Most Powerful People in Wireless
5. Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint Nextel - Most Powerful People in Wireless
4. Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility - Most Powerful People in Wireless
3. Lowell McAdam, Chairman, CEO and President, Verizon Communications - Most Powerful People in Wireless
2. Larry Page, CEO, Google – Most Powerful People in Wireless
1. Tim Cook, CEO, Apple - Most Powerful People in Wireless

 

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