Computerworld Names Recipients of Premier 100 IT Leaders “Best in Class”

FRAMINGHAM, MA – March 12, 2008 – Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," announced last night the recipients of its "Best in Class" awards at the ninth annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference. The awards were presented during a gala ceremony marking the conclusion of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference held this week at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. The awards ceremony was sponsored by Avaya.

Computerworld's "Best in Class" awards honor select Premier 100 Honorees who have demonstrated particularly striking business value from a leading-edge technology project. The "Best in Class" recipients and their companies will be profiled throughout the year in Computerworld.

"As we honor Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2008, we celebrate their passion to create and we marvel at the resonance of their innovation," said Ron Milton, executive vice president, Computerworld. "In so many ways the class of 2008, and alumni before you, are the inspiration for the next generation of IT leaders."

The Honorees of Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders "Best in Class" Awards Program are (listed in alphabetical order):

Wendy Cebula, Chief Operating Officer, VistaPrint

Derek Chan, Head of Digital Operations, DreamWorks Animation SKG

David Dillehunt, CIO, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Inc.

Rick Franckowiak, Director, Information Technology, Johnson & Johnson

Pharma R&D, LLC

Bradley Furukawa, Vice President and Sector CIO, Northrop Grumman


Mark Hilbush, Vice President Information Services, UPS

Kumud Kalia, Chief Information Officer & EVP Customer Operations,

Direct Energy

Matthew Kesner, Chief Technology Officer, Fenwick & West LLP

Ted Maulucci, Chief Information Officer, Tridel Corporation

Ajay Waghray, Chief Information Officer, Verizon Wireless

"I'm thrilled to win this award," said Matthew Kesner, Chief Technology Officer, Fenwick & West LLP. "It's a direct consequence of working with people who respect and value innovation."

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