Meet the 2012 Rising Stars of Wireless

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Sue MarekIn today's competitive business landscape, there are many obstacles to developing a successful wireless strategy. Whether you are in charge of developing a state-of-the-art smartphone, launching an innovative mobile game, devising a successful enterprise strategy or building a reliable and spectrum-efficient LTE network, there are many challenges you will have to overcome to meet your goals.

We considered all these factors and more when we selected this list of the 2012 Rising Stars of Wireless. These are the talented people who we think are worth watching in the coming year because they have been charged with some pretty daunting tasks. 

Ed Chao, senior vice president of engineering at MetroPCS Ed Chao, senior vice president of engineering at MetroPCS
David Ko, senior vice president of mobile at Zynga David Ko, chief mobile officer at Zynga
Alec Saunders, vice president of developer relations at Research In Motion Alec Saunders, vice president of developer relations at Research In Motion
John Stankey, chief strategy officer at AT&T John Stankey, chief strategy officer at AT&T
John Stratton, president of Verizon's Enterprise Solutions Group John Stratton, president of Verizon's Enterprise Solutions Group
Iyad Tarazi, vice president of network development and engineering at Sprint Nextel Iyad Tarazi, vice president of network development and engineering at Sprint Nextel
Chris Weber, president of Nokia North America Chris Weber, president of Nokia North America

Clearly, there are many wireless executives in the U.S. doing great things. But we think the decisions and choices that these seven 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 2011 and 2010.