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!
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?
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.
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.
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$.
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.
@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.
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