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Jan 05, 20042 mins
Enterprise Applications

* A look at Network World's Power Issue of 2003

Recently, we brought you our annual Power Issue. The Power issue looks at everything from the most influential vendors and corporations to important executives and significant new technologies for 2003.

For example, we gathered a group of venture capitalists and executive recruiters recently and asked them to build an ultimate network industry “Dream Team.”

This is part of what they came up with:

Dream Team CEOs: Cisco CEO John Chambers, as you’d expect, popped up without fail as an exemplary CEO candidate. Although well beyond taking a start-up’s helm, he possesses the characteristic trio of intelligence, motivation and maturity that must mark today’s CEO, says Len Doherty, principal at L.J. Doherty & Associates, an executive search firm in Sudbury, Mass.

Beyond the Cisco camp, network veterans who came to the fore as Dream Team CEOs are Desh Deshpande (Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, now retired). Mory Ejabat (Ascend Communications, Lucent, now CEO of Zhone Technologies); Dominic Orr (Alteon WebSystems, Nortel, now retired); and Surya Panditi (Avici Systems, US Robotics, now CEO of Polaris Networks). With their leadership prowess, these executives are easy choices to take over just about any corporate helm, our sources say.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. For more on our Power Issue and this article, see: