CIO Magazine and CIO Executive Council Attract Record Attendance to 3rd Annual CIO Leadership Conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 8, 2007 – IDG's CXO Media, producer of CIO magazine events and the CIO Executive Council, announces record attendance at the 2007 CIO Leadership Conference. Now in just its third year, the event experienced a 35% increase in attendance over the 2006 program. Taking place April 29-May 1st at the Hyatt Huntington Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, CA, the conference boasted an impressive line-up of speakers—including renowned author Jim Collins—as well as the public unveiling of the CIO Executive Council's Future-State CIO program, an assessment-based model and guide to help CIOs advance their profession and achieve greater success for both their businesses and themselves.

According to Michael Friedenberg, president and CEO of CXO Media, "CIO's suite of executive programs and events always attract the best and the brightest executive IT leaders in the field. The CIO Leadership Conference goes even further in bringing together the prestigious readers of CIO magazine and members of the CIO Executive Council along with industry leaders in an important discussion about leadership in today's business environment and how the CIO role needs to adapt to lead the charge."

At the heart of these impending changes is the Future-State CIO program, focused on redefining the future role of the CIO at its most strategic potential and building assessment tools and resources to drive CIOs and businesses toward this potential. CIO Executive Council members Marc West of H&R Block and Louis Ehrlich of Chevron provided conference attendees with an overview of this program, including new 360-assessment tools the CIO Executive Council created in partnership with talent appraisal firm Egon Zehnder and a member-created business readiness index for CIOs to assess their organization's ability and willingness to accept a future-state CIO. The goal of the program is to help both CIOs and their businesses better leverage their knowledge of information technology (IT) to drive business strategy, innovation and competitive differentiation.

The three-day conference also included presentation of the Ones to Watch awards, an annual program honoring rising stars in information technology (IT) who bring leadership, innovation and value to their organization and are destined to become the CIOs of the future. The 25 winner include:

— Perryn Ashmore, Deputy CIO, US General Services Administration;

— David Bogan, Vice President & Corporate CTO, Computer Sciences Corporation;

— Vid Byanna, Executive Director of Global Infrastructure, Accenture;

— John Campbell, Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies, Purdue University;

— Todd Davis, VP, Property Systems, Choice Hotels International, Inc.;

— Guillermo Diaz, Vice President, Information Technology, Customer Advocacy, Cisco Systems, Inc.;

— Robert Grawien, Vice President, Product Management, Schneider National, Inc.;

— Marc Hamer, Acting VP and CIO, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems

— Wayne Haughey, Director – Systems Engineering, Pulte Homes, Inc.;

— Darrin Herbert, IM Leader, Commercial & Corporate Systems, GE Security;

— Gregory Jones, Vice President, Information Technology, Sprint Nextel;

— Erik Keller, VP of Application Development, SIRVA;

— Cathie Kozik, Corporate Vice President, Motorola Integrated Supply Chain IT, Motorola;

— Vince Mancuso, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Air Force Reserve Command;

— Renee McKaskle, VP of IT, Office of the CIO, Symantec;

— Russ Newcomer, Vice President – Worldwide Product Solutions, Worldspan, L.P.;

— PS Narayan, General Manager & Head – Information Systems Group, Wipro Ltd.;

— Keith Perry, Director, IS Operations, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center;

— Elizabeth Rockowitz, Executive Director, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine;

— Ian Rosarius, Director, Customer Experience, BT Group;

— Hugh Scott, Vice President, Direct Energy;

— Bharat Sethi, Senior Vice President, Reliance Industries Limited;

— Jane Shaffer, Vice President Information Technology: Business Intelligence & Relationship Management, Infor;

— Angie Wiskocil, Senior Vice President – Mass Market Systems, AT&T Services, Inc.;

— Jack Yeh, Information Technology Program Director, Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Out of this prestigious group, five additional "stand-out" awards were granted for excellence in a particular category. The stand-out winners include:

— The Project Driver: Perryn Ashmore, Deputy CIO, Federal Acquisition Service, US General Services Administration;

— The Business Strategist: Marc Hamer, Acting VP and CIO, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems

— The Innovator: Wayne Haughey, Director of Systems Engineering, Pulte Homes;

— The Change Agent: Vince Mancuso, Deputy CIO, Airforce Reserve Command;

— The Team Builder: Elizabeth Rockowitz, Executive Director, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

Full details about the winners and award program are available at .

Official host sponsors included BMC Software, iRise, Red Hat and Symantec and corporate sponsors included Cisco, Citrix, ITM, Innovativ, Microsoft and Oracle.

"The CIO Leadership Conference makes our jobs much easier by putting us directly in touch with the type of high caliber business and IT leaders we are trying to reach," says Lois Messner, Director of North America Marketing for Citrix Systems Inc. "We were extremely pleased with the event, the content, the attendees and most importantly, the results we were able to accomplish in three short days."

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