2014 rank: 23
2013 rank: 27
After AT&T agreed to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in May, Larry Solomon is busy communicating the benefits of the acquisition to investors, shareholders, federal regulators, and skeptical consumer groups.
AT&T, which will gain 38 million video subscribers in the US and Latin America through the deal, is seeing strong customer growth on the wireless side and higher smartphone sales. His main aim, since joining AT&T in 1996, has been to explain how the company’s services impact people’s lives.