No. 10 Wayne Inouye (President and CEO): Gateway
In his two years leading Gateway, Inouye helped revitalize the company and boost profitability for the first time since 2000. While Gateway purchased eMachines in 2004, it was eMachines’ Inouye who became the new Gateway CEO. His strategic vision and leadership resulted in Gateway’s reemergence as the third largest PC manufacturer in the US. Although it is unclear whether his surprise departure was of his own volition, he unquestionably had a more positive impact on the organization than any other figure in the last several years. Will Gateway be able to recover?