For a number of years FierceWireless has revealed our signature “Most Highly effective Individuals” contest, the place we pit prime wi-fi executives towards one another in a March Insanity-style voting bracket. It’s a enjoyable, group constructing function to get workers at prime firms within the wi-fi ecosystem to rally round their leaders.

In 2020, we’re taking a completely different twist on the competition — we’re pitting wi-fi operators towards wi-fi distributors.

At present is the primary day of our 2020 contest. Please see the tournament-style bracket beneath for all of the contestants. And beneath the bracket, you’ll see the voting polls.

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We’re going to go away these polls up till 8 am ET on Monday, December, 7. Then we’ll take these outcomes and transfer onto the subsequent bracket. 

On December 7 and for the next 4 days, we’ll run a brand new spherical of voting, beginning at round 8 am ET every morning. On Friday of subsequent week, we’ll announce the winner.

We’re utilizing CrowdSignal for the precise voting. Simply click on on the contestant you need, then click on “vote.” To forestall repeated voting from a tool, we’ve enabled CrowdSignal’s safety measures with a block to cookies and IP addresses. However, we ask all voters to please play honest and solely vote as soon as in every of the separate polls. [There’s no money award here, folks. It’s all in good fun].

Under the bracket and the ballot matchups you’ll discover the total record of candidates.

For these of you maintaining rating, that is an annual function that we publish on the finish of every 12 months. In 2018 the winner was Sprint’s Michel Combes, and in 2019 we centered on probably the most highly effective individual in wi-fi know-how, and the winner was Rakuten Mobile’s Tareq Amin.

To be clear: FierceWireless’ editorial workers assembled this 2020 record by means of inside deliberations solely. These are the 24 individuals we consider can legitimately lay declare to being probably the most highly effective individual within the U.S. wi-fi trade.

The 2020 winner is as much as you, pricey readers. 

We hope you get pleasure from this function, and let the voting start!

Then tune again in on Monday morning to search out out who’s transferring on and who’s not.

–  Linda @lindahardesty

These had been all of the candidates on this match:

Bob Swan is CEO of Intel, a chip maker that’s vital to each the wi-fi and wired telecommunications trade.

Shuky Sheffer is CEO of Amdocs, an organization whose back-office know-how is discovered within the majority of world carriers.

As CEO of Cisco, Chuck Robbins guides the technique of one of many world’s largest distributors for wireline and wi-fi gear.

Pardeep Kohli is CEO at Mavenir, an organization engaged on virtualization know-how for service suppliers.

As the brand new CEO of CommScope, Charles Treadway oversees the corporate’s full wi-fi and wired companies.

Patrick Gelsinger is CEO of VMware, an organization whose digital machine and container know-how is instrumental in networks.

Iyad Tarazi is CEO at Federated Wi-fi, an organization that’s main the trade in improvement of shared spectrum CBRS capabilities.

Preston Marshall is technical program supervisor at Google, the place he has been one of many leaders in growing spectrum sharing guidelines for CBRS.

Pekka Lundmark just lately took over as CEO of Nokia, one of many prime three telecommunications distributors on the planet.

As CEO of Ericsson, Borje Ekholm is main the telecommunications vendor by means of the transition to 5G.

Mark Louison, basic supervisor of the networks division at Samsung Electronics America, helps the South Korean vendor broaden its international presence in teleco community infrastructure.

Cristiano Amon serves as president of Qualcomm, the place he’s chargeable for the oversight of all actions associated to the corporate’s semiconductor enterprise.

Marc Rouanne is chief community officer at Dish Community, overseeing the technique and structure of the corporate’s new wi-fi community, together with its core, cloud and edge.

Enrique Blanco is CTO and chief data officer at Telefónica, a worldwide service supplier with fastened and wi-fi operations.

Tareq Amin is CTO at Rakuten Cellular the place he led the cost to construct a greenfield 4G/5G community in Japan.

Anne Chow is CEO of AT&T Enterprise, the unit that serves enterprise prospects.

As CEO of Verizon Enterprise Group, Tami Erwin oversees the provider’s enterprise enterprise.

Michael Trabbia is CTO and innovation officer at Orange the place he oversees the know-how for the operator and seizes alternatives by way of new applied sciences.

Santiago Tenorio, Vodafone Group’s head of community technique and structure, is a number one proponent of open RAN.

Neville Ray is president of know-how at T-Cellular the place he’s main the provider’s 5G technique.

Mike Sievert is the CEO of T-Cellular, which has gained prominence during the last a number of years.

Hans Vestberg is CEO of Verizon, the place he oversees the nation’s largest wi-fi community operator when it comes to prospects.

John Stankey is CEO of AT&T the place he’s in control of quite a lot of companies for the provider, together with wi-fi, wired and media.

Charlie Ergen, is co-founder and chairman of the board for Dish Community, an organization that’s constructing the fourth largest infrastructure-based wi-fi community within the U.S.