By Phil Goldstein
The executives who often get the most attention are C-level officials who are the face of companies (or at least their voice on quarterly earnings conference calls). The search for Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) new CEO, which ended recently with the selection of company veteran Satya Nadella, thrust a handful of CEOs at other companies into the spotlight as prospective candidates. The focus at Microsoft is now on Nadella's vision, but his selection highlights another truism about the technology world: little-known executives are often powerful players behind the scenes. They are asked to grow or create business units, take risks, and overcome challenges and corporate bureaucracy to deliver results. And they are often unheralded.
At FierceWireless we want to change that and recognize these rising stars of the wireless industry. Some are industry veterans who have been asked to take on new roles and responsibilities, others are refurbishing business units and driving new strategies and still others are working to push networks at carriers to the next level.
There are obviously scores of executives who are diligent, resourceful, hard-charging and innovative. However, we think that the executives we have chosen this year as rising stars in the wireless industry are working on projects or leading business units that are likely to have large-scale impacts on their companies in the years ahead.
These are the rising stars in wireless of 2014.
|Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of Intel's New Devices Group|
|Liat Ben-Zur, senior director of product management and leader of the AllJoyn business at Qualcomm|
|Dow Draper, president of prepaid at Sprint|
|Brian Higgins, vice president of mobile and Internet services for Verizon Communications|
|Abhi Ingle, vice president of ecosystem and innovation for AT&T technology and network operations|
|Kenneth Meyers, chief executive officer of U.S. Cellular|
|Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft|
P.S. Do you think we left anyone out? Let us know in the comments! Also, check out our rising stars from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.