Meet the Rising Stars in Wireless of 2013

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Sue MarekFebruary 12, 2013 | By 

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 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 Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Internet Services and SVP of software strategy, Qualcomm
David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility
Joe Clayton, president and CEO, Dish Network Joe Clayton, president and CEO, Dish Network
Colson Hillier, vice president, Precision Market Insights, Verizon Wireless Colson Hillier, vice president, Precision Market Insights, Verizon Wireless
David Kimbell, chief marketing officer, U.S. Cellular David Kimbell, chief marketing officer, U.S. Cellular
Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla
John Legere, CEO, T-Mobile USA 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.