Enterprise Systems Power 100 41-50
41. Anne M. Mulcahy
(President & CEO, XeroxCorp.)
Although Xerox’s research institutions have done muchto change the face of computing, Xerox has rarely made money from key inventionslike the mouse or the graphical user interface. As the shifting economy has hitXerox, research bodies like Xerox PARC have fallen on hard times for the firsttime. While the computer industry was once based on the academic-style basicresearch Xerox offered, computer development is now market-driven rather thantechnology-driven, perhaps making basic research a thing of the past.
42. Vinton G. Cerf
(Senior Vice President for Internet Architecture andTechnology, WorldCom Inc.; Chairman, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names andNumbers; Co-inventor, TCP/IP)
Since aiding the creation of TCP/IP decades ago, Cerfhas remained a leading commentator on the Internet and an exponent of itswidespread adoption. Cerf is only the second person to serve as chairman ofICANN, succeeding industry commentator Esther Dyson. As chairman of ICANN, Cerfwill lead the body in deciding its approach to adding new top-level domains andresolving intellectual property disputes surrounding domain names.
43. Shawn Fanning
(Founder & Creator, Napster Inc.)
Fanning didn’t start the MP3 phenomenon, nor did heinvent peer-to-peer (besides, Napster isn’t really P-to-P), but Fanning meldedthe two technologies into a single product accessible to the most basiccomputer users. The implications of Napster have been broad, from bandwidthissues at universities and businesses to intellectual property issues for serviceproviders.
44. Phil Zimmerman
(Creator, Pretty Good Privacy [PGP] encryption scheme;Chief Cryptographer, Hush Communications)
Zimmerman’s PGP program gave the masses access tostrong encryption, allowing the average computer enthusiast to use public-keyencryption for the first time. When he posted the code on the Internet,however, he got in trouble with the U.S. government, which accused him ofexporting munitions-grade encryption. The government eventually relaxed itscontrols after public outcry from users and privacy advocates. After NetworkAssociates acquired PGP, Zimmerman left and has turned his attention toHushmail, which offers a secure, encrypted Hotmail-style e-mail service.Zimmerman’s work may enable even the most basic users to have transparentencryption services.
45. Michael Armstrong
(Chairman & CEO, AT&T)
Although AT&T fought its initial court-orderedbreakup in 1984 tooth and nail, Armstrong is now leading AT&T into asecond, voluntary breakup. The company plans to split its four divisions intoseparately traded companies to adapt to the market faster. Consumer services,business services, wireless and cable will each splinter off into its ownorganization, serving independent markets.
46. Peter Nevitt
(Director of Information Systems, Interpol)
Interpol is the behind-the-scenes international lawenforcement agency that shares information and leads to catch criminals worldwide.Because information-sharing is a crucial part of its mandate, Interpol hasturned to IT to speed the dissemination of information between members. Nevitthas taken on the task of bringing the organization into the Internet age,adding functionality that increases the effectiveness of the agency. Itsdatabase is searched hundreds of times a day by police around the globe.
47. Tom Engibous
(Chairman, President & CEO, Texas Instruments Inc.)
While TI doesn’t make high-profile chips like Intel’sPentium or AMD’s Athlon, its Digital Signal Processors have become criticalcomponents in devices from cell phones to MP3 players. As more intelligencebecomes embedded in non-computer devices and as small thin clients explode,Texas Instruments is poised to drive a significant amount of change in thecomputing world.
48. Koji Nishigaki
(CEO, NEC Corp.)
Nishigaki leads NEC through a turbulent time as heattempts to reposition the OEM in a tepid Japanese economy and a global PCslowdown. He took the reigns after his predecessor, Hisachi Komeko resigned inthe aftermath of a government over-billing scandal. Nishigaki hopes to see NECtraded on the New York markets, spreading its reach throughout the world asboth a vendor and a solid investment. The CEO has slashed both staff andbudgets, a common move in the U.S., but rare in Japanese business culture.
49. Milo Medin
ISPs have seen a fair amount of trouble in the pastyear, and Excite has not been spared the hard times. However, in the DSL vs.cable modem race, it appears that Excite@home may be the clear winner. Cablebroadband penetration has far outpaced DSL, clicking along as the Baby Bellsand competitive local exchange carriers have struggled to upgrade equipment andexpand service areas. In contrast, Excite@home has leveraged the cableinfrastructure to provide broadband services to cable companies and consumers.
50. Brian Halla
(Chairman, President & CEO, National Semiconductor Corp.)
National Semiconductor’s systems-on-a-chip integratesundry components used in electronic devices onto a single unit. While theywon’t impress anyone with performance, the chips are designed for making smalldevices smarter. The chips have found their home in mobile phones, embeddedsystems and consumer electronics, contributing to the process of allowinginformation to reach us on small devices virtually anywhere.
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