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!
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.
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.