After a year of hunkering down and fighting for survival, many individuals and companies in the electronics industry have bounced back in 2010, some more emphatically than others.
The bounce-backs have revived by being more bold and aggressive than usual. They weren't afraid of taking risks and trying new things. They also applied more discipline and a sharper focus on their products, technology developments, and— here's an idea!—customers.
We have picked 10 top CEOs whom we believe made a difference in 2010. Many made gutsy moves intended to change the game in the marketplace, and, in some cases, altered the stagnant culture within their own companies.
Some of these choices might be more obvious than others, but the list is intended to illustrate where efforts by many engineers in the electronics industry are heading right now.
Sit back, scan the lists and apply your own expert analysis. Then, send in your picks to and your selections to our forum. We'd love to compare your lists with ours, and yours with your peers—just to see where the discussion goes and who, a year from now, turned out to be smarter than the average engineer!
Sanjay Jha, Motorola
Rich Templeton, Texas Instruments
Steven Laub, Atmel
Rich Beyer, Freescale
Eric Meurice, ASML
Sandeep Vij, MIPS
Yasushi Akao, Renesas
Lothar Maier, Linear Technology
Warren East, ARM
Terry Tai-Ming Gou, Foxconn Technology