Computerworld Names Honorees of Its Premier 100 ”Best in Class” Awards Program

PALM DESERT, CA – MARCH 8, 2006 – IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," has announced the recipients of its 2006 Premier 100 "Best in Class" awards program. The 12 "Best in Class" recipients were honored during a gala ceremony last night at Computerworld's seventh annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, which took place on March 5-7 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California.

Now in its fifth year, Computerworld's Premier 100 "Best in Class" awards honor the best of the best–those select Premier 100 honorees who have demonstrated particularly striking business value from a leading-edge technology project. Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Awards Program honors executives who show exemplary technology leadership in resolving pressing business problems. Honorees demonstrate the ability to foster creativity in challenging work environments, envision fresh approaches to business challenges and effectively manage IT investments.

"Issues such as globalization, a sustained drive for operational excellence and growth of the business are some of the most pressing issues facing today's CIO," said Julia King, executive editor, events and national correspondent, Computerworld. "What sets apart this year's honorees is their ability to remain flexible as the role of the IT executive evolves and changes."

This year's Computerworld Premier 100 "Best in Class" are:

— Andres E. Carvallo, Chief Information Officer, Austin Energy

— Hap M. Cluff, Director of Information Technology, City of Norfolk, Virginia

— Mitchell J. Hansen, VP, Enterprise Systems & Services, Quest Diagnostics, Incorporated

— Michael B. Koval, SVP & CIO, Long & Foster Real Estate, Incorporated

— Patrick Law, VP of Infrastructure, American Modern Insurance Group

— Dennis P. L'Heureaux, SVP, Planning & CIO, Rockford Health System

— Enzo Micali, SVP & CIO, 1800Flowers.com

— Paul R. Mueller, VP, Technology Services, Schneider National Incorporated

— Tom Nealon, SVP & CIO, Southwest Airlines

— David A. Oles, IT Director of Research and Development, Rent-A-Center, Incorporated

— Kay J. Palmer, EVP of IT, Chief Information Officer, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Incorporated

— John F. Schindler, CIO, Kichler Lighting

"It's an honor to be named a member of this year's 'Best in Class'," said Dennis P. L'Heureaux, senior vice president, planning and chief information officer, Rockford Health System. "This has been a valuable experience for me. It has enabled me to broaden my network of peers and other CIOs outside of the healthcare industry."

"PricewaterhouseCoopers is proud to congratulate the recipients of Computerworld's Premier 100 'Best in Class' Awards for 2006," said Phil Bloodworth, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers. "As sponsor of this program, PricewaterhouseCoopers sees tremendous value in the contributions these individuals have made–and will make–in the future."

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of enterprise IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (51-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,293,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2005 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R) and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .

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