<i>Enterprise Systems</i> Power 100: 51-75

IT Leaders No. 51-75

51. Esther Dyson (Author & Columnist; Chair, EDventure Holdings Inc.)
You can date your years in IT by how long you've been reading Esther Dyson's eclectic musings. As a New York Times syndicated columnist, an investor, commentator and chair of her own EDventure Holdings, she publishes an influential industry newsletter titled Release 1.0.

52. Steve Case (Chairman, AOL Time Warner Inc.)
AOL's deal to buy Time Warner in early 2000 for $166 billion in stock topped earlier acquisitions of CompuServe in 1998 and Netscape in 1999. It also promoted AOL's CEO to chairman of AOL Time Warner Inc., a media merger of the largest proportion. The meaning of the deal is still being debated, but Case reigns supreme among ISPs.

53. Ian Clarke (Project Founder & Coordinator, Freenet)
Despite the recent legal blows Napster has suffered, p-to-p buzz will continue as an efficient way to propel data throughout a networked information system—and Freenet stands to be an important part of that by allowing this information to be shared freely and anonymously.

54. Kurt Hellstrom (President & CEO, Ericsson)
Sweden's 56-year-old Hellstrom has helped make Ericsson the world leader in mobile-phone infrastructure equipment. Since stepping in as president in July 1999, he has managed to reverse a downturn in profitability for the company and is focusing on new business. Current alliances with the likes of Microsoft and Visa International should help.

55. Marvin Minsky (Founder, MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab; Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences & Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT)
As a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, Minsky has conducted research that has spurred advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology and neural networks, among other things. He was a pioneer in robotics and built some of the first mechanical hands with tactile sensors. As co-founder of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (in 1959), he has influenced the entire field of artificial intelligence. He's the author of several books on artificial intelligence and a science fiction thriller.

56. Rob Malda (Founder, Slashdot)
As the much-admired CmdrTaco on www.slashdot.org, a highly popular site for open source enthusiasts, the 24-year-old Malda commands extensive influence. Slashdot, which he founded, was acquired last year by Andover.net, an Internet freeware and shareware site, which in turn was purchased by VA Linux. Malda, however, remains as leader of the site.

57. David Duffield (Chairman, PeopleSoft Inc.)
Before founding PeopleSoft in 1987, the visionary Duffield had already established two mainframe application software companies. He continues to drive the company's vision, product and market direction. Duffield reportedly promotes a company culture that values people, as evidenced by its name, along with customers, innovation and integrity. PeopleSoft's analytics software, released this spring, promises to change the way enterprises approach staffing and business planning.

58. Robert Bishop (Chairman & CEO, Silicon Graphics, Inc.)
In 15 years with SGI, Bishop has been responsible for building the company's international division and has been a member of the senior management team since 1995. His work with SGI, which provides a broad range of advanced graphics solutions, has driven the company forward with innovations in high-performance computing.

59. Sky Dayton (Founder & Chairman, EarthLink Inc.)
Frustrated at the complexities of hooking up his computer for Internet access, Dayton in 1993 founded what would become a leading ISP with over 4.7 million subscribers. In 1999, Dayton joined with former Disney Internet chief Jake Winebaum to found eCompanies, an Internet incubator and venture fund that aims to create world-class Internet companies.

60. Paul Allen (Co-founder, Microsoft Corp.; Founder, Vulcan Northwest Inc.)
He's the founder of Vulcan Northwest Inc., but more famously, he's Bill Gates' cohort in founding Microsoft. Allen helped engineer many of the company's most successful products, including MS-DOS, Windows, Word and the Microsoft mouse, but left Microsoft in 1983.

61. Vinny Smith (Chairman & CEO, Quest Software Inc.)
After doubling its workforce in 2000, Quest has expanded its focus to include working with Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2, and application monitoring. Whether or not Quest can grow gracefully beyond its Oracle roots will depend on Smith's aptitude for guidance.

62. Scott Cook (Chairman of the Executive Committee, Intuit Inc.)
Cook remains the poster boy for usability 18 years after the first version of Quicken changed the way people balance their checkbooks. With his leadership, Intuit continues to solidify its position as the leading developer of financial software for individuals.

63. George Lucas (Founder & Chairman, Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts Entertainment Co. and Lucas Digital Ltd.)
Think of a movie with outstanding special effects and odds are it came from Lucas' ILM. His Industrial Light and Magic facility has churned out some of the movie industry's coolest special effects using computer-generated graphics. While Lucas' innovations haven't found use in the enterprise yet, the possibilities are limitless.

64. Barry Diller (Chairman & CEO, USA Networks Inc.)
Under the designation Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch, the media mogul is aggressively looking for ways to integrate content and commerce on the Internet. His goal: to build a commerce-driven empire by bringing old and new media together.

65. Steve Jobs (CEO, Apple Computer Corp.; Chairman & CEO, Pixar Animation Studios)
Jobs revitalized Apple with color, literally. Apple's iMac and iBook line—complete with its now-famous colorful encasing—returned the company to respectability. Will Apple's new UNIX-based operating system, OS X, continue the resurgence?

66. Joseph P. Nacchio (Chairman & CEO, Qwest Communications International Inc.)
With a difficult merger with Baby Bell U.S. West finally complete, Qwest has set its sights beyond the United States. Recent agreements in Europe, Mexico and Japan have Nacchio positioning Qwest as a global presence in the broadband communications space.

67. Bernard Ebbers (President & CEO, WorldCom Inc.)
WorldCom has taken a controlling interest in Web hosting company Digex, adding hosting services to its Web and application expertise. Now Ebbers has a full range of competencies to take on the managed hosting market.

68. William Esrey (Chairman & CEO, Sprint)
Esrey has shifted Sprint's focus from wireline voice to data, wireless and broadband and is banking his company's future on projected demand for services in these areas. Should projections become reality, Sprint could reap huge benefits.

69. Scott Kriens (Chairman, President & CEO, Juniper Networks Inc.)
Juniper continues to battle Cisco for market share in the router space. As long as the contest between the two networking vendors remains tight, Kriens has and will continue to play a key role in coaching Juniper through the fight.

70. Gordon Stitt (President, Chairman & CEO, Extreme Networks Inc.)
Under Stitt, Extreme Networks has become a leader in Layer 3 Ethernet switching—a technology many see as a replacement to SONET for data-transport in the enterprise. As Ethernet gains acceptance, Extreme is positioned to capitalize on the high end of networking equipment.

71. Bobby Johnson (President & CEO, Foundry Networks Inc.)
With a record-setting IPO in 1999 that gained 525 percent in a single day, Bobby Johnson helped his company hit the ground running, and the momentum has kept building as the company continues to grow its switching and routing solutions business, working with companies from AT&T to Yahoo!.

72. Peter Gyenes (CEO, Informix Corp.)
One billion dollars. That's how much IBM paid in April to purchase Informix's database arm of the corporation. After orchestrating the deal, CEO Peter Gyenes has broadened his economic vision, anticipating a 30 percent to 40 percent revenue growth by the end of this year. Although that may seem tough in such soft economic times, with Gyenes conducting business—competitors beware!

73. Paul Folino (President & CEO, Emulex Corp.)
Emulex has been at the forefront of fibre channel networking, the standard used in SANs, but with the acquisition of Giganet, Emulex could change the face of storage networking with Virtual Interface technology.

74. H.K. Desai (Chairman, President & CEO, QLogic Corp.)
Since his appointment as CEO in mid-1995, Desai has driven Qlogic's market capitalization from $25 million to $10 billion, and the world has noticed. Now, Microsemi has tapped Desai for a position on its board of directors.

75. Jon "maddog" Hall (Executive Director, Linux International).
With over 25 years of industry experience, maddog is encouraging the Linux movement through his position at Linux International. Says pal Linus Torvalds, in his recent book Just for Fun, "Everybody trusted him, and still does."

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