Sanjay Jha spent 2010 at the helm of one of the most high-profile turnaround efforts in electronics as chief executive of Motorola Mobility. Plenty of stormy seas are still ahead, but the engineer-turned-executive is making progress on a carefully plotted course.
Estimates are that Motorola will have shipped about 14 million of its new Droid smartphones this year, putting it back in the game of high-end handsets. That's significant for a company that had sprung a big leak in its financials and market share after essentially missing the emergence of the super-hot smartphone market.
In October, the company's handset business broke even for the first time in three years, a quarter ahead of plan, said Mark McKechnie, a Wall Street analyst who follows Motorola for Gleacher & Co. "I am definitely positive on what he [Jha] has done so far. Sanjay really breathed some life into the company, and runs a tight ship," often having a hand in which products make it to market, McKechnie said of the former chip set designer from Qualcomm.
Icebergs ahead include a long-rumored Apple iPhone for Verizon, which has been Moto's biggest partner and a leading Android advocate. Jha is tacking toward huge markets in sub-$200 smartphones and China to weather that squall.
With a doctorate in electrical engineering, this CEO has no shortage of brainpower to read the changing stars. And he is not alone navigating the high seas of mobile systems. Nokia's new chief executive, Stephen Elop, has even a bigger boat to turn around.
I'm sorry but i cannot agree with TI CEO selection.
Nokia is going down, and TI's CPU line is mainly in their phones. a new alliance is formed to replace Win-Tel: QUAL-DROID, with Qualcomm taking over the smartphones CPU market. so where is TI in all that?
Steve Sanghi of Microchip Technology should be on this list. He's the only semi CEO who did not layoff a single employee during 2009-2010 crisis and those loyal employess then turned around and grew his company by 45%. True leadership is at the helm of this highly successful firm that just celebrated it's 80th quarter of profitabilty. Yes 80 quarters... Has any other CEO on the list had that type of track record?
No doubt about Steve jobs, he should be in the list, but c'mon guys, he is already know ww and dominating all known lists.
Why there is nobody from Korea, Samsung's ceo Geesung Choi who is leading his company to top of semicon list, LG new Ceo Koo Bon-joon who is battling hard to get back into business, with success in very short time.
And also where is Doug Grose Ceo of Global foundries, who let his company to win big market share in '10 with huge efforts.
Yeah, who cutted down capacity of company, lost huge business share due to fact of spin offs, no need to talk about depts and created a hocus pocus, ta daa we have new term in the market. I am sorry but Rick Clemmers talent is still premature, in 2011 we would see what NXPs shape will look like after can talk about him...not? :)
I think the author should state the criteria why the people are picked. I believe there are many respectful CEO around but who should the market or industry pay attention very much depend on what view point you're looking at.