Shi Lirong, executive director and president, ZTE Corp., a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, is one of the most powerful executives in the global telecoms industry, according to influential trade publication Global Telecoms Business.
The Global Telecoms Business Power 100 is an annual list announcing the top 100 executives helping to shape the world's ICT landscape.
In a release, ZTE said that Lirong has been a long standing participant in the list, and this year has achieved his highest ever position - number 18. He is one of four senior Chinese executives to be listed in the top 20, including China Mobile Li Yue.
Alan Burkitt-Gray, the editor of Global Telecoms Business, a telecommunications industry publication with a worldwide readership, together with a panel of industry experts, selects the list from a large number of senior executives from service providers, technology vendors and regulatory communities.
"Shi Lirong is one of the chief architects behind ZTE's international drive and globalisation efforts, especially in 4G LTE," said Burkitt-Gray. "Under his leadership ZTE has become a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. According to the company the World Intellectual Property Organisation has ranked it first for patent applications for two years running, filing 3,906 this year, double that of its closest competitor."
"To appear in the GTB Power 100 is a huge honour as Global Telecoms Business is one of the most highly respected publications in the industry, and my inclusion in the top 20 of such a prestigious list is a testimony to the good work that ZTE and its employees are doing all around the world," said Lirong. "I have been a part of ZTE for 20 years and have seen huge innovations in the industry and within our company. I know that we will be able to continue this trend for many years to come."
ZTE delivers products and services to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries.
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