CRN Unveils the Annual Top 25 Most Influential Executives In the IT Industry

The Top 25 is the Most Widely Read Issue of the Newsweekly Year After Year; For the First Time, See the CRN Editorial Picks Compared To the Reader's Choice List

Nov 18, 2002

CRN, the newsweekly for builders of technology, today announced the annual Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the IT industry. In its 20th year, the Top 25 list profiles the individuals who have had the greatest influence on the high tech industry over the past year.

The Top 25 list issue is the most widely read issue of CRN each year. The Top 25 list is published with in-depth profiles of both familiar and new faces including executives from leading software development firms, systems vendors, and fast-growing upstarts, as well as a few surprise faces from outside the industry. All of the executives included on the list will help determine industry direction in the coming year.

  The 2002 Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the industry include:

  1.  Carly Fiorina, Hewlett-Packard
  2.  Dendy Young, GTSI Corp.
  3.  John Chambers, Cisco Systems
  4.  John Edwardson, CDW Computer Centers
  5.  John Thompson, Symantec
  6.  Sam Palmisano, IBM
  7.  Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems
  8.  Steve Ballmer, Microsoft
  9.  Steve Raymund, Tech Data
  10.  Craig Barrett, Intel
  11.  Michael Dell, Dell Computer
  12.  Kent Foster, Ingram Micro
  13.  Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates
  14.  Larry Ellison, Oracle
  15.  Richard Clarke, Critical Infrastructure Protection Board
  16.  Jerry Ungerman, Checkpoint Software Technologies Ltd.
  17.  Mike Long, Arrow Electronics
  18.  William Esrey, Sprint
  19.  Jonathan Zakin, Proxim
  20.  Rick Hamada, Avnet Hall-Mark
  21.  Matthew Szulik, Red Hat
  22.  Ray Ozzie, Groove Networks
  23.  Gary Bloom, Veritas
  24.  Meg Whitman, eBay
  25.  The Small Business Solution Provider: John Gunn, ISG Technology

This year for the first time, the CRN editorial staff asked reader's to select the executives they would choose to be the included on the Top 25 list. The complete Reader's Choice list can be found at .

"The individuals on the Top 25 list have all made a tremendous impact on the high tech industry and will continue to do so. We commend them on their efforts," stated Michael Vizard, editor in chief, CRN. "Our 20 years of unique perspective following Solution Providers in this dynamic industry provides us with the insight we need to identify the industry leaders. We are thrilled that the Top 25 list is the most widely read issue year after year."

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CRN is the nation's leading trade newsweekly that provides timely industry news and analysis for solution providers, integrators and e-businesses building technology solutions. It is the most trusted source of news for 117,500 channel professionals. A media leader in the high-tech industry, CRN provides the most comprehensive suite of online resources:, the site where industry news breaks first; CRN Direct, a daily newsletter that brings personalized news to solution providers' desktops; and CRN Broadcast News, a daily news broadcast covering the solution provider channel and the industry.

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