CRN Debuts the Annual Top 25 List Of Most Influential Executives in the IT Industry

The Top 25 Is the Most Widely Read Issue Year After Year

Nov 17, 2003

CMP Media's CRN, vital information for business and technology integrators, today announced the annual Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the IT industry. In its 21st 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 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 2003 Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the industry include:
   1.  Gary Bloom, Veritas Software
   2.  Gary Brothers, D&H Distributing
   3.  John Cambers, Cisco
   4.  Ed Coleman, Compucom
   5.  Mike Cox, Logical
   6.  Michael Dell, Dell
   7.  John Edwardson, CDW Corporation
   8.  Larry Ellison, Oracle
   9.  Carleton Fiorina, Hewlett-Packard
   10. Robert Huang, SYNNEX Information Technologies, Inc.
   11. Steve Jobs, Apple Computer
   12. Hideki Komiyama, Sony Electronics
   13. Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates International
   14. Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems
   15. Darl McBride, The SCO Group
   16. Paul Otellini, Intel
   17. Sam Palmisano, IBM
   18. Steve Raymond, Tech Data
   19. Matthew Szulik, Red Hat
   20. Linus Torvalds, Open Software Development
   21. Meg Whitman, eBay
   22. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft
   23. Mike Grainger, Ingram Micro
   24. John Thompson, Symantec Corp.
   25. Gil Schwed, Checkpoint

"The executives on the Top 25 list have had a great influence on the high tech industry over the past year. We congratulate them on the accomplishments they have achieved this past year," said Michael Vizard, editor in chief, CRN. "As the voice of and for the channel, our experience and unique perspective of the industry allows us to focus on leaders, such as the Top 25, that are shaping the IT industry."

For additional information about CRN and to read the editorial that accompanies the Top 25 list, visit

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