Top Women in Wireline 2010

Sean Buckley, FierceTelecomI'd like to call your attention to FierceTelecom's new Top Women in Wireline issue--a new annual series recognizing important women innovators in the wireline segment of the telecom industry.

Women in Wireline takes a cue from my FierceWireless colleagues' Women in Wireless feature. You can take a look at FierceWireless' 2010 Women in Wireless feature here.

Much like the wireless industry, the wireline segment has also traditionally been a male-dominated industry. With that as a backdrop, I decided it was about time that FierceTelecom--which covers the wireline side of the industry--should recognize the hard work and innovative spirit of today's women telecom executives.

One of the things you'll notice is that our list actually includes four women that serve as the CEOs of three major service providers: Colleen Abdoulah, CEO and chairwoman of the board of Wide Open West; Maggie Wilderotter, CEO and Chairman of Frontier; Larissa Herda, CEO and Chairman of tw telecom and Karen Sheriff, President and CEO of Bell Aliant.

But the innovation doesn't stop with those four honorees. These leaders are joined by seven other executives who are being recognized for their accomplishments inside and outside of their companies, knowledge, innovative spirit, and the influence they have on the overall wireline industry segment. Take a look at 2010's honorees.

Since FierceTelecom plans on making Women in Wireline an annual feature, if you think there's someone that you believe deserves recognition, I invite you to share those thoughts with us in our comments section. Thanks, I look forward to hearing what you think.--Sean