Top 25 Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless 2009

1. Julius Genachowski
2. Steve Jobs
3. Lowell McAdam
4. Eric Schmidt
5. Ralph de la Vega
6. Peter Chou
7. Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie
8. Robert Dotson
9. Dan Hesse
10. Bill Morrow
11. Henri Moissinac
12. Hans Vestberg
13. Paul Jacobs
14. Yoon-Woo Lee
15. Brian Dunn
16. Sanjay Jha
17. Evan Williams
18. Jon Rubinstein
19. Ben Verwaayen
20. Skott Ahn
21. Lawrence Strickling
22. Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo
23. Carl Liu
24. Andrew Lees
25. Matt Carter

What makes a person powerful? That's a tricky question and one that the Fierce editorial team has been carefully contemplating over the past few months as we culled together our second annual 25 Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless list.

We think a person's "power" quotient is the right mix of influence, business savvy, leadership and technical innovation. But many of our selections this year have that something extra--a charismatic personality, a brilliant mind or a down-to-earth approachability that makes you want to work with them, for them, or just follow them in the news.

Interestingly, when we compared our 2008 Most Powerful People in Wireless list to this year's list, more than half of the 2008 candidates didn't make this year's cut. The reasons are numerous--some left their jobs, some retired, and some are just no longer powerful (in our opinion) because of their failure (or their company's failure) to make a mark in wireless this year.

This list is a compilation of who we think are the movers and shakers in the U.S. wireless industry. We realize that wireless is a global business, and many of our candidates oversee international companies, but we selected people based upon their influence here in the United States.

You may not agree with all our picks but I can assure you that this list was not compiled lightly. The Fierce editors scrutinized every person we selected to make sure we could justify their position on our list. Nevertheless, I encourage you to write or comment and let us know if you disagree with our picks or think we overlooked someone. --Sue

Top 25 Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless 2009