2015 rank: 28
2014 rank: 26
By Peter Land, partner, Finsbury
What a year it has been for Jim Wilkinson, the definition of a multi-sport all-star in the field of corporate communications.
With the stamina, discipline, and hunger of a world-class marathoner, he moved back to San Francisco from New York, led Alibaba Group through its record-shattering IPO, spearheaded the multi-billion dollar 11.11 Shopping Festival, built a world-class global communications function, and helped create the first-ever regular-season NCAA basketball game played in China.
And that’s not all, as those of us who have worked with him know Jim likes to "run into problems."
So, with the passion of a snowboarder who attacks the double black diamonds, he fended off Alibaba’s critics with boundless energy and fierce determination – earning the abiding respect of Alibaba’s CEO and leadership team.
Like every world-class athlete, Jim makes those around him better and challenges his team to produce their best work. But Jim is most proud of the birth this year of his son Sawyer, and his daughter Sierra’s first San Francisco Giants baseball game.
That’s not a bad year. If only Dez Bryant of Jim’s beloved Dallas Cowboys could have maintained possession against the Packers.