Network World’s Annual Power Issue Reveals the Most Powerful Companies and Executives

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 3, 2002 – Network World, the leader in network knowledge, named the network industry's 10 most powerful companies and 25 most powerful vendor executives in its eighth annual special edition, the "Power Issue" (December 24/December 31 issue). In addition to the list of 25 most powerful vendor executives, the Power Issue also profiles 25 other industry powerbrokers, including enterprise network executives, standard- setters, policy-makers, and venture capitalists and analysts. The entire list of the 50 most powerful people is available online at


"Given how much 2001 shook up the industry, everyone is wondering what 2002 will bring. Network IT Executives rely on the annual Power Issue for a detailed guide to the companies, people and technologies that are shaping the networked world," said Beth Schultz, editor of Network World's Signature Series. "The Power Issue helps them determine which companies are in it for the long haul and which technologies they should consider for their networks."

Network World editors and advisors chose 10 companies as leaders in their respective niches, as well as the network industry as a whole. The most powerful companies in networking are: AT&T; Cisco; Dell; EMC; IBM; Microsoft; Network Associates; Oracle; Sun; and Verizon.

"Network World took a new approach to its annual most powerful vendor executives list this year. In acknowledgement of the industry turbulence and new business conditions, it opted not to place perennial favorites such as Cisco John Chambers and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on the list, whose power goes unquestioned," said Schultz. "Instead, we focused on those players leading niche markets poised to explode or individuals leading the teams that are implementing critical initiatives for their companies."

This year's 25 most powerful vendor executives are: Pekka Ala-Pietila, President, Nokia; Marc Benioff, Chairman,; Bill Coleman, Chief Strategy Officer, BEA Systems; Dave Dorman, President, AT&T; Sandra England, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Research, Network Associates; Henry Fiallo, CEO, Enterasys Networks; Mark Floyd, CEO, Siemens Information and Communication Networks; Russ Holt and Randy Groves, Co-Vice Presidents, Dell's Enterprise Systems Group; Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Computer Associates; Mike Lazaridis, Co-CEO, Research in Motion; Toni Li, Chief Scientist, Procket Networks; Drew Major, CTO, Volera; Mario Mazzola, Chief Development Officer, Cisco; John McHale, CEO, TippingPoint Technologies; Joe Nacchio, CEO, Qwest Communications; Dave Roberson, COO, Hitachi Data Systems; Ray Ozzie, CEO, Groove Networks; Sam Palmisano, COO, IBM; Jerry Parrick, CEO, Yipes Communications; Greg Reyes, CEO, Brocade Communications Systems; Eric Rudder, Senior Vice President of Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft; Bruce Schneier, CTO, Counterpane Internet Security; Ivan Seidenberg, Co-CEO, Verizon Communications; Tom Siebel, CEO, Siebel Systems; and Ben Waldman, Vice President, Mobile Devices Division, Microsoft.

Network World's Power Issue also includes the annual Powermeter, a readers' poll of the most powerful network vendors and CEOs; the annual Power timeline, which plots the highs and lows of the industry in 2001; and features that explore technologies empowering enterprise networks and power struggles playing out in the industry. This special edition is available on Network World Fusion (

The Power Issue is one of six bi-monthly supplements in Network World's premier Signature Series line. The Signature Series issues provide insights, opinions and information on the biggest trends shaping the networked world.

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