15. Eric Thompson, Director, North American Channel Marketing and Distribution, Intel
Intel partner satisfaction scores remain high. That's in large part due to Eric Thompson's aggressive push to make sure the chip giant keeps its channel edge. This year, Thompson, a 15-year Intel channel veteran, stepped up the push to help Intel partners weather the economic downturn with a number of programs at the distribution level to improve return on working capital. Given the channel renaissance at AMD, Thompson has his work cut out for him in 2010.