8. Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president, software and services product management, Motorola Mobility - 2011 Most Influential
Christy Wyatt is a long-time Motorola executive who weathered the splitting of Motorola into two companies, landing at Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) where she is now the only female member of the executive team.
Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has said many times that he believes that the key to Motorola's renaissance lies in its ability to produce game-changing smartphones. Key to that turnaround is the operating system and the user interface. Motorola is a staunch supporter of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform and is using the operating system in all of its smartphones. But lately the company has indicated it might be open to other options, such as a software partnership. If so, you can bet Wyatt will be leading that charge.
Wyatt leads a team responsible for the strategy and planning of software platforms, services, applications and experiences, and the development of strategic partnerships. She also oversees MotoDEV, the company's community of developers, and is responsible for MotoBLUR, Motorola's push-content service.
Wyatt is no stranger to the developer community. Before joining Motorola, she was Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) worldwide developer relations director, where she was responsible for partners, global alliances and evangelism. Prior to that she was senior director at PalmSource, where she helped grow the firm's developer community from 3,000 to 200,000 with more than 14,000 applications.