NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The biggest technology influencer at Apple (AAPL) isn't Tim Cook -- it is British designer Jony Ive. The creative force behind many of Apple's biggest hits in recent years, Ive has just been promoted to the position of chief design officer at the company. And chances are, you've never heard of him.
What's more, he probably isn't the only tech leader flying under your radar.
On Tuesday, Juniper Research released its latest ranking of the 10 most influential executives in the technology industry. While some on the list are shot-callers at some of the biggest tech companies in the world, others you probably couldn't pick out of a lineup.
Analysts used eight criteria in their assessment, including innovation, scalability, personal capital and outside impact. They identified 10 individuals they believe will have the greatest impact on the technology industry during the next 12 months.
While some of the picks are more obvious, others might surprise you. Here's a deeper look at tech's top 10 leaders and how they are influencing innovation.
10. Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO
In 2010, Lei Jun co-founded Xiaomi with friend Lin Bin. The China-based mobile-phone maker has catapulted him to the international stage, and he is listed at No. 87 on Forbes' 2015 list of billionaires, ahead of Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, who is ranked at 100.
Xiaomi is set to officially open for online sales in the U.S. and Europe on June 1; the launch, however, won't yet include phones. Thus far, the company has tested the waters with accessories and has experienced impressive results, with items selling out within 30 minutes.
Jun's influence can be felt in other companies as well. He's chairman of Chinese social platform YY Inc. (YY) and gaming company Kingsoft.