Global Telecoms Business magazine has named AT&T’s Randall Stephenson No. 1 on its 2013 Power 100 list. The annual list ranks the 100 most powerful people in the telecommunications industry worldwide, based on reader nominations.
“Randall Stephenson has performed impressively in re-establishing one of the industry’s most historic brands into one of the world’s leading telecoms operators,” said Alan Burkitt-Gray, the magazine’s editor.
The magazine article noted, “…Stephenson has transformed the trajectory of both AT&T and the US telecom industry. His first major decision was to redefine AT&T as a wireless company. That decision, coupled with AT&T’s introduction of the world’s first iPhone, paved the way for the largest, fastest technological wave in generations: the mobile internet.”
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes was listed at No. 2 and recognized for her efforts to reform telecom regulations in Europe. Carlos Slim Helù, chairman and CEO of América Móvil, was listed at No. 3. View the full Power 100 list to see who else ranked this year.
Randall is the only person to have held the top spot twice since the list started in 2008. And he’s among familiar company. Also on the list this year are AT&T executives Ralph de la Vega (No. 14), Kris Rinne (No. 52), Glenn Lurie (No. 70) and José Gutiérrez (No. 72).
“AT&T is a company with a great reputation in its hugely competitive home market and one with significant influence in the rest of the world,” Alan said. “As we know from our annual Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards, Randall Stephenson has made AT&T into one of the most innovative companies in the business.”