Nadella and Ive top list of influential execs

Newly released rankings of influential execs led by Microsoft’s Nadella.

Microsoft and Apple lead the way for most influential executives, according to new research.

Juniper Research's newly-released rankings of the most influential executives in the technology space is headed by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, followed by Apple's Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive.

The rankings are based on Juniper's assessment of key criteria including vision, innovation and personal capital. The report says Nadella's implementation of 'Windows-as-a-Service' represented a fundamental change to Microsoft's OS-focused business model, which inevitably leads to very different processes of development going forward.

Junipers choice of Ive was based on his designs for the smartwatch - which include the doodle functionality, NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, and his strict guidelines for its app designs, which the analysts state will be the benchmark for the category going forward.

Third place went to Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of gaming products company Razer. Juniper states that Tan is also the creative director, giving him a large amount of control over the company's direction. Researchers also noted that Tan's involvement in the OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality) platform creates a common standard for VR program design.

In fourth place came Uber's Travis Kalanick. The company is undercutting traditional taxi services in multiple locations, notably in New York City, where they outnumber the famous yellow taxis. Kalanick was followed by Reed Hastings, the CEO and co-founder of Netflix, who supervised its international expansion and move into original content creation.

The top ten in full

 1.  Satya Nadella - Microsoft CEO
 2.  Jony Ive - Apple SVP Design
 3.  Min-Liang Tan - Razer Co-Founder & CEO
 4.  Travis Kalanick - Uber CEO
 5.  Reed Hastings - Netflix Co-Founder & CEO
 6.  Jack Ma - Alibaba Founder & Chairman
 7.  Paul Eremenko - Google ATAP Director
 8.  Jeff Bezos - Amazon Founder & CEO
 9.  Elon Musk - Tesla Chairman & CEO
 10. Lei Jun - Xiaomi CEO

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