2011 Most Influential Women in Wireless

Welcome to the 2011 FierceWireless Most Influential Women in Wireless list. If you have been a FierceWireless reader for the past few years, you may remember our annual Women in Wireless feature, in which Fierce editors tracked the top female stars in the wireless industry (click here to see the 2010 list, here for the 2009 list and here for 2008). This year we have taken a slightly different tactic with our annual feature. Instead of profiling 10 different women every year, we are now ranking the top 15 women in the industry based on what we believe to be their "influence" in the industry.

What exactly is "influence," and how do we measure it? We picked women based on the role they play in their company and in the wireless industry. Women who made this list were selected for their accomplishments, their technical savvy, their leadership and, perhaps most importantly, their ability to sway the industry -- whether that's through their technology choices, their work on standards bodies or their ability to negotiate tough deals.  

In the traditionally male-dominated world of telecom, it's not always easy to find women in top-ranking positions. But that is changing. Over the past year we've seen more women advance to positions of power than ever before.

I believe that Fierce's editors have compiled a list that encompasses some of the best and brightest female executives in the business. To be clear, this list is a compilation of women who we think are movers and shakers in the U.S. wireless industry. We realize that wireless is a global business, and many of our candidates work for international companies, but we selected women based on their influence here in the United States.

15.Heidi Lehman 
     CEO, founder, MoxieQ

14.Kathleen O'Brien Ham 
     VP, federal regulatory affairs, T-Mobile USA

13.Peggy Johnson 
     EVP and president of global market development, Qualcomm (NAS: QCOM)

12.Rima Qureshi 
     senior vice president, head of CDMA, Ericsson (NAS: ERIC)

11.Padmasree Warrier 
     CTO, Cisco (NAS: CSCO)

10.Stephanie Tilenius 
     vice president of commerce and payments, Google (NAS: GOOG)

9.Laura Chambers 
   general manager of mobile, PayPal (NYS: PAY)

8.Christy Wyatt 
   software and services product management, Motorola Mobility (NYS: MMI)

7.Jo Harlow 
   executive vice president, smart devices, Nokia (NYS: NOK)

6.Cher Wang 
   co-founder, chairwoman, HTC

5.Mary Dillon 
   President and CEO, U.S. Cellular

4.Hope Cochran 
   CFO, Clearwire (NAS: CLWR)

3.Vonya McCann 
   vice president, government affairs, Sprint Nextel (NYS: S)

2.Marni Walden 
   vice president, chief marketing officer, Verizon Wireless (NYS: VZ)

1.Kris Rinne 
   senior vice president, architecture and planning, AT&T (NYS: T)

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