7. Michael Jerich
Vice President, Indirect Channels
Level 3’s acquisition of Global Crossing, Jerich’s most recent employer, means the combination of service provider powers with big and sometimes unwieldy channel communities will continue. Somehow, we don’t think that will faze Jerich who, after leaving Level 3 in 2009 for Global Crossing, has returned to the CLEC and is now in charge of Level 3’s business partners, VARs, systems integrators and strategic alliances. The spotlight is now his, and with Level 3 mounting one of the more highly regarded channel programs for VARs interested in carrier services, rest assured he’ll have a captive channel audience.