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.
You could make the argument that while Steve Jobs brought the iPad to fruition and changed the portable computer landscape, it is the enabling technologies from the companies on the list that contribute to Steve Jobs' and many other system companies' success.
I believe Apple designed it's own solution with the A4 processor in iPad, so I do not think thes other company's enabled Apple's success to the extent that you state.
Job's should be on the list - some of these companies would definitely be less profitable w/o Apple's biz and therefore their CEOs may not have made the list.
Our list is admittedly semiconductor heavy because of the nature of our publication. Also, this list is not comprehensive, nor is it the final word on the subject. We came up with 10 CEOs we thought ought to be recognized, but many others could have been included on this list, including those suggested by readers above. We encourage anyone and everyone to name other CEOs whose performance in 2010 arguably could have merited their inclusion.
Made a difference in 2010? I'd of included Paul Otellini (Intel Corporation); the breadth and depth and scale of what he executes upon is phenominal. Admittedly not “fighting for [corporate] survival” but there’s been plenty of “hunkering down” in the midst of a tremendous industry downturn.
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? :)
The article title is CEO's who made a difference. I don't see an explanation of how Gou of Foxconn made a difference, or even much explanation of what he personally did, much less the impact his actions had.
Standing above 18 employees' blooding body regardless their race, gender, age or nationality? (please bear in your mind, 18 is jsut the official reported number)
Half centry ago, Adolf Hitler did that to Jewish people,
30 years ago Mr Mao did that to chinese,
Today, Mr Guo did the same to Foxconn's employees.
Tomorrow who is going to be the next turn?
Humanity, it should not be ignored by semiconductor industry.
Steve Jobs did nothing to enhance the semiconductor space other than buy chips. The point of Apple is consumer products not semiconductors. I am a huge Apple user but Steve just doesn't 'apply' for inclusion on this list.
I beg to differ. His innovative products have boosted the sales of many semiconductor companies. Apple also have their own processors. In any case, if Motorola's CEO is there, then Steve Jobs should be there too IMHO.
@Patk0317, every year peter clarke publish a (updated)list of 60 emerging startups. The latest list is:
I have not been following the growth of any of these companies but i expect a mention of those companies which have either been acquired by big companies and are fueling their growth or been able to raise a substantial investment.
There are some very promising startups in the list . But none of the companies/CEOs listed has made a serious impact in year 2010.
And probably the only decent acquisition in semi space last year was of Beceem by Broadcom but they doesnt have anything special in 2010. Looking at it, its kinda sad that a 18 month old internet startup like Groupon is valued at 6B and 5-10 year old semi companies sell(if lucky)for 50-100m$.
Well start ups have there own share of problems,targets and results. I guess its always better to compare startups among themselves like List of best CEOs among start ups. It would be unfair for startups to compare with companies that have been established for long. Imagine comparing a startup with Motorola or freescale or Atmel or any other with satble market revenues and profitability.
Foxxcon in the list makes the list unbalanced and like fellow "eetians" I too feel Steve Jobs should have made the list for sure. But having said that Yasushi of Renesas and Warren of ARM are worthy in that list.
Thanks for this article. I know how many of people feel about Steve Jobs. But we need to judge the CEO based on what they have accomplished and the immediate impact that they have on society. There’s no question that Steve Jobs, what he did in 2010, should have been on this list. I have to strongly agree with many of the others readers comments; this is not a good list. Many readers will read this list, and delete it from their memory. What does that tell you, it’s a bad list?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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