Global Telecoms Business has announced the 40 people in telecoms under 40 years old who — according to our readers — are the most exciting leaders of the industry over the next few years.
The list of the 40 — all born on or after July 1 1970 — was selected from those nominated by worldwide readers of Global Telecoms Business.
Global Telecoms Business will be asking the 40 chosen individuals their views from time to time through the year on the main issues concerning the industry, and will invite them to take part in a Global Telecoms Business conference and awards ceremony in London in September 2010, when they will pick up an award from a notable industry figure.
Our list of the 40 executives is compiled from submissions made by readers worldwide since the beginning of 2010.
We asked our readers who they thought are the industry’s young leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
We also contacted those who were in our similar list in 2009 — some of whom are now too old to qualify — to ask for their suggestions.
We accepted nominations only of people born on or after July 1 1970. We checked birthdates with nominees and we rejected a few who were born in the first half of 1970.
After making the first selection from the many nominees, we asked the shortlist if they would be prepared to take part in a short survey now, which is published below, and a longer survey which will be published at our 40 under 40 conference and awards ceremony in September. We’ll be inviting all 40 to the conference, as well as many other speakers and guests. We’ll be publishing details of the exciting programme shortly.
Voxbone CEO and co-founder Rod Ullens leads a rapid-growing innovator that is advancing IP communications and global connectivity. Ullens has spearheaded creation of iNum numbers and has driven their evolution — with 18 million iNums assigned; high-definition voice, presence, IM, and SMS support added; and non-VoIP carrier involvement building. Voxbone’s iNum and DID numbers let operators and enterprises quickly deploy new services and expand globally with local presence while reducing costs.
A VoIP innovator with 15 years international telecoms experience, Wilkinson has led commercial operations for XConnect since June 2008 and has been instrumental in propelling IP interconnection, ENUM and NGN services. He was pivotal in achieving the industry-first registry tie-up with GSMA’s PathFinder, launching the first Korean ENUM federation and securing XConnect’s series B funding. Previously with Interoute, Wilkinson led development of Europe’s largest NGN and Europe’s first unified communications suite based on Microsoft’s Office Communications Server.