6. David N. Farr, Chairman, CEO, and President, Emerson
Emerson's David Farr shook up the data center infrastructure management market with his planned $1.2 billion acquisition of Avocent, set to close early in 2010. Farr knows that in the 21st century, it's all about software and services. That's what Avocent brings to Emerson. How ambitious is Farr's innovation drive at Emerson? He aims to bring to the market smart power and cooling software and services that will enable data center hardware to idle during off-peak periods, saving customers millions of dollars in energy costs. That's going to generate a lot of cash for his solution provider partners as they save customers big bucks.