19. Lloyd Carney
At the helm of Brocade for nearly four years, Lloyd Carney has been forceful and direct in his ambitions for the company: build an agile, software-focused networking powerhouse to do battle with Cisco. Earlier this year, Carney led the acquisition of Ruckus Wireless, a clear shot over Cisco’s bow. He’s also made strides toward making Brocade a channel-focused company with the hiring late last year of Pete Peterson as global channel chief, who's also on this year's Top 100 list as one of CRN's 25 Channel Sales Leaders.