Computerworld Announces Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2002

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 2, 2002 – IDG's Computerworld, an information services company for the IT leader community, today announced the third annual list of the Premier 100 IT Leaders. The list recognizes IT and business executives who display exceptional technology leadership, foster creative work environments and envision innovative approaches to overcome business challenges. The winners will be honored at the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, March 3-5, 2002 at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif.


Selected by Computerworld editors, the Premier 100 include CIOs, CTOs, vice presidents and board chairmen from well-known companies, including IBM Global Financing, FedEx Corporation, Office Depot, Verizon Wireless, and Walt Disney World, as well as IT leaders from young companies dedicated to meeting today’s challenging economy head-on.

"The Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2002 are industry thought leaders that overcome business challenges through the innovative use of their IT resources," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "The members of this elite class demonstrate a rare combination of technical know-how and business savvy, as well as leadership and management capabilities, that enables them to execute winning IT strategies."

Honorees were selected from a pool of applicants who most closely match Computerworld's IT Leadership Index, a set of common characteristics identified through an extensive, 45-question survey that the nominees were asked to complete.

The Premier 100 honorees are leaders who share many of these characteristics and essential attributes:

· Promotes an IT vision that supports the company strategy

· Ties technology and innovation to specific business needs and goals

· Learns from failure and uses these experiences to improve IT processes and product

· Hires inquisitive people who like to explore and are innovative

· Creates work environments that are positive and rewarding to employees both inside and outside of work

· Encourages staff to be innovative

· Develops leadership skills inside the IT organization

· Is viewed as a leader by other executives and by the IT staff

The complete list of this year’s Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the January 1, 2002 issue of Computerworld and online at The issue also includes extensive feature articles covering the challenges IT leaders expect to face in the coming year, including security, ROI strategies and integration challenges.

Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference

Crafted by Computerworld editors, the third annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference is a unique and compelling departure from the standard computer industry conference. Rather than focusing on vendors and products, the focus is on great ideas, strategic use of best practices and real-world leadership from the IT and business executives who are advancing their organizations through technology.

Keynote speakers, panelists and attendees will include members of Computerworld's Premier 100 elite and Fortune 1000 IT and business executives, early adopters of technology, and senior managers who excel at leveraging strategic information resources. At this high-level event, Computerworld honors the Premier 100 as outstanding practitioners of leading-edge IT at the intersection of business.

To register or to review the latest conference program information online, go to

About Computerworld

Based in Framingham, Mass., Computerworld, Inc. is a complete information services company for the IT Leader community, providing print and online publications, books, conferences and research services. The company’s flagship weekly newspaper for IT Leaders has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper. With a circulation of 250,000, Computerworld has a total audience of 1,694,000, according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.8.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available at

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at