Rising Stars of Wireless: People to watch in 2011

rising stars of wireless people to watch in 2011Often the people we champion in the industry are those at the top--the CEOs who are highly visible advocates for their companies. But often it's the smart and savvy risk-takers below the CEO who help that company stand apart from the rest.

Today we are celebrating these rising stars of wireless. These are the people who we think are doing some of the heavy lifting behind the scenes--whether that means developing innovative new products, heading up a new business unit or making the underlying network technology run smoothly and efficiently so that there are no embarrassing hiccups to explain.   

Here are seven people we think will play a critical role in their company's success in the coming year. Will they rise to the top?

Check out our selections for the rising stars to watch in 2011:

Joe Belfiore corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program, Microsoft
Joe Belfiore
corporate vice president, Windows Phone Program, Microsoft
Mark Collins vice president of data, AT&T Mobility
Mark Collins
vice president of data, AT&T Mobility
Dennis Crowley co-founder, foursquare
Dennis Crowley
co-founder, foursquare
Steve Elfman president of network operations and wholesale, Sprint
Steve Elfman
president of network operations and wholesale, Sprint
Scott Forstall senior vice president, iOS Software, Apple
Scott Forstall
senior vice president, iOS Software, Apple
Nicola Palmer executive vice president of networks, Verizon Wireless
Nicola Palmer
vice president of network operations, Verizon Wireless
Neville Ray CTO, T-Mobile USA
Neville Ray
CTO, T-Mobile USA

 

Also, make sure to check out our 2009 rising stars and 2010 rising stars.

As always, your feedback is encouraged and appreciated. Please keep in mind that FierceWireless is primarily a U.S.-based news source, so our picks for the 2011 rising stars of the wireless industry are selected because their positions, products and companies have an impact on the U.S. wireless industry. --Sue

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