Network World Profiles Network Industry’s Most Powerful Companies and People in Annual “Power” Issue

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – DECEMBER 23, 2002 – Network World, the Leader in Network Knowledge, announced its choices for the 10 companies and 50 people who today wield the most power in the network industry. The picks are featured in Network World's 9th annual Power Issue, a special year-end double issue that also highlights the most prominent network technologies and spotlights the ideas generating network power.


Companies selected for the 10 most powerful companies in networking demonstrate innovation, assertiveness, influence, and a continued need to push the technological edge in the network industry. The 10 most powerful companies for 2002 are: AT&T, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Symantec, and Verizon.

This year's list of 50 most powerful people in networking includes many well-known names and some new faces among the vendor, Network IT Executive, government, standards-setting and consulting communities. Perennial favorites on the list include Cisco CEO John Chambers, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Sun CEO Scott McNealy. Up-and-comers stepping into the power spotlight include Betsy Bernard, AT&T president; Daniel Frye, director of IBM's Linux Technology Center; Kim Goodman, vice president and general manager of Dell Networking; and John Thompson, Symantec CEO.

Network World editors make their selections from nominations submitted by staff writers, columnists, contributing editors, and other network industry experts. In compiling this year's lists, editors focused on the companies and people who have achieved significant business accomplishments, advanced the state of network technology or otherwise demonstrated power or dominance. A complete list and descriptions of the 50 most powerful people, and full profiles of the 10 most powerful companies, are available online at

"Despite the challenging year for the network industry, we are still seeing many companies move aggressively to flesh out strategies and develop next-generation technologies that will advance their companies – as well as the network industry as a whole," says Beth Schultz, editor of the Power Issue. "This is an opportunity to look back at the year and honor those powerful companies and identify the people driving key initiatives."

Other highlights from the Power Issue include the 2002 industry timeline; a look at three emerging technologies; a discussion of four power struggles playing out in the network industry; and, advice on how to boost corporate power. The Power Issue is one of six Signature Series issues published bimonthly by Network World. This award-winning, high-profile series provides a comprehensive exploration of the most important issues facing Network IT Executives today.

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