Women in Wireline 2014: Female Leaders shaping telecom services, innovation, and policy


Welcome to our fifth annual Women in Wireline feature, where FierceTelecom’s editors recognize important women executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry. Since 2010, FierceTelecom has been honoring top women executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry (take a look at our 2013 list, 2012 list, 2011 list and 2010 list.)

We profile women executives who are shaping the telecom industry with new services, driving innovation, and shaping telecom policy.

For much of its 100-plus year history, the telecom industry has been traditionally a male-dominated field, but there’s an increasing presence of women in high-level executive roles at the large telcos, vendors, and industry forums.

And it seems this trend is speeding up. Take Frontier Communications: Led by Maggie Wilderotter, a 2010 Women in Wireline honoree, four of the company’s top executives are women.

A similar trend is taking place at AT&T, where the service provider named public sector IT veteran Kay Kapoor as president of AT&T Government Solutions in 2013.

But the change isn’t isolated to carriers like AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL)–we also list executives at top vendors, independent telcos, and even cable operators advancing into the business sector, such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, and Comcast Business.

As we have noted in previous years, all of our honorees come from a diversity of backgrounds.

For example, Monika Mauer, who serves as Alcatel-Lucent’s COO and transformation leader for its Fixed Networks Division, taught physics and chemistry for three years as a high school teacher in Germany before beginning her 29-plus year tenure at the Paris, France-based vendor.

If you feel there are other women in the wireline industry segment who deserve to be recognized for their talents and industry influence, please let us know. –Sean

P.S. Also, I’d encourage you to take a look at my colleague Sue Marek’s top women in wireless feature.

By Sean Buckley

Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
Founder & CEO/CTO
Synapse Synergy Group, Inc.