23. James Fairweather, Vidyo
Videoconferencing upstart Vidyo continued to make gains with channel partners in 2011, and what's helped is that it has continued to attract veteran videoconferencing market talent to its executive ranks. One of its big hires in 2011 specific to the channel was James Fairweather, vice president, worldwide channels, who joined Vidyo in August following a year as vice president, worldwide sales for HP's Visual Collaboration Business Unit. Fairweather is best known, however, for the 12 years he spent at Polycom, where until 2009 he was vice president, North America and U.S. sales. Fairweather wasn't the only HP-to-Vidyo jump, either; Mark Reid, another Polycom alumnus, joined Vidyo as senior director of engineering around the same time.