ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré has been named the most influential person in the global telecoms industry by high-profile UK publication Global Telecom Business Power 100.
This year’s publication, which ranks the 100 most important people shaping the future of the ICT industry worldwide, recognizes Dr Touré for his leadership in championing the cause of global broadband connectivity, and for promoting the right to communicate as a fundamental human right. “The prime mover in establishing the Broadband Commission for Digital Development . . . he is a leader with a passionate commitment to development and the power of ICTs to catalyze social and economic change,” the entry says.
AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, Verizon’s Lowell McAdam, Telefónica’s César Alierta and Google’s Larry Page occupy the next four top slots.
“It’s always hard — and controversial — to put readers’ suggestions in some sort of order, and to omit those from number 101 onwards,” said GTB editor Alan Burkitt-Gray. “But we hope that readers will agree that Touré’s work in setting up and steering the Broadband Commission means he more than deserves his selection as the most powerful of the Power 100 for 2011.”
The feature article accompanying the list of rankings is highly positive about Dr Touré’s achievements at the helm of ITU. “In the past year Touré . . . has done much to elevate the international status of our hugely important industry and put it on the world’s political platform, “ it says. “Touré has been the visionary driving force behind the Broadband Commission, a team made up of a dazzling set of the industry’s leaders — no one else on the planet could have rounded up John Chambers of Cisco, Carlos Slim Helú of Telmex, Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm, Wang Jianzhou of China Mobile, Hans Vestberg of Ericsson and a team of others to work together to develop a broadband development policy for the world.”