22. William McCracken, Interim Executive Chairman, CA
William McCracken, a 36-year IBM veteran with an impressive channel track record, has worked behind the scenes to rebuild CA into a software power since joining the CA board four years ago. Now he has taken a hands-on role, stepping in as interim executive chairman in the wake of the retirement of CEO John Swainson this year. Don't be surprised if McCracken sticks around for awhile, given the board's statement that he will retain the interim title until a successor is named or "at the discretion of the board." From where we sit, it looks like the board is taking advantage of McCracken's managerial skills to take CA to the next level. That's nothing but good news for channel partners looking for the kind of channel consistency and product excellence that McCracken brought to IBM.