CIO Magazine Publisher to Advise ‘YES Corps’ U.N. Backed Volunteer Network Established to Assure Worldwide Y2K Readiness

WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire/ — Gary J. Beach, Publisher of IDG's CIO magazine, was formally appointed today to a three member volunteer Steering Committee for the Y2K Expert Service. "YES Corps" is an international network of Y2K experts who have volunteered their expertise to help people and countries in need of technical assistance.

Beach's appointment was announced by Bruce McConnell, Director of the International Y2K Cooperation Center during a press briefing held earlier today. The Center was established last month under the auspices of the United Nations with funding from the World Bank.

According to Beach, "The Y2K computer problem is the first challenge every country in the world will face at essentially the same time. In other words, we're all in this together." Beach and his fellow committee members are responsible for managing:

— a network of experts available online to answer Y2K questions and locate resources;

— a pool of volunteers to facilitate sessions at regional conferences (in person or via video conferencing);

— in-person consultations to address specific country or industry sector requests.

Beach is an information technology publishing veteran with more than 17 years of IT-focused experience and knowledge. In 1994, Beach founded the United States Tech Corps (, a national non-profit organization that coordinates the education technology efforts of 10,000 volunteers. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the United States Tech Corps and is a member of the Board of Directors of NetDay, a non-profit organization that focuses on education technology. Beach has twice testified before the U.S. Congress on Y2K matters and is a commentator on technology for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

Beach's fellow Steering Committee members include:

— Leon Kappelman, an Associate Professor of Business Computer Information Systems at the University of North Texas, and Co-Chair of the Society for Information Management's (SIM) Year 2000 Working Group.

— Howard A. Rubin, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of the Department of Computer Science at Hunter College of the City University of New York and Chief Executive Officer of Rubin Systems Inc.

CIO Communications, Inc. was formed in 1987 to help chief information officers (CIOs), information technology (IT) executives and other senior management executives succeed in their enterprises through the use of information technology. In addition to publishing the award-winning magazine, the company also produces the Web site and develops and produces CIO Executive Programs — a series of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government executives who want to expand their knowledge of technology, business management issues and innovative products and services. CIO magazine is a publication of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company.