General Colin L. Powell To Speak At 23rd Annual COMNET Conference and Expo

Framingham, MA – NOVEMBER 6, 2000 – COMNET Conference and Expo, the premier event for companies building business value through intelligent networks, announced today that General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) will deliver a very special keynote speech at this largest annual technology event in Washington, D.C.


General Powell, a recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations, was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held a myriad of command and staff positions. In 1989, Powell reached the pinnacle of his military career when President George Bush appointed him the twelfth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Powell oversaw 28 crises and emerged as key advisor to President Bush. As architect of Operation Desert Shield, he designed powerful strategies to execute the most intricate and high-tech military campaign in history: Operation Desert Storm. In March 1991, the global alliance of forces defeated the Iraqis, with General Powell at the helm of this American military success.

“For over 23 years COMNET has been the industry authority for the communications networking market. Speakers who can share their insights and outlook on the industry’s future are a must,” said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. “We look forward to leveraging the tremendous wisdom and expertise of General Powell."

Among his many titles, General Powell included author to the list when he wrote his best-selling autobiography, “My American Journey,” which traces his life from birth to immigrant Jamaican parents in Harlem, to his role in advising this country’s three most recent chief executives: Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton.

Powell currently serves as chairman of America’s Promise, an organization dedicated to challenging Americans to scale up their investment in the nation’s youth. Since chairing the organization's founding event in 1997, General Powell has been committed to making the lives of America's youth a national priority. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University and of the Board of Directors of the United Negro College Fund. He serves on the Board of Governors of The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Children's Health Fund.


COMNET, owned and managed by IDG World Expo, is the premier conference and expo for companies building business value through intelligent networks. In 2000, more than 450 manufacturers and suppliers of networking and communications hardware, software, services and solutions participated in COMNET. COMNET attracts top executives, planners, builders and buyers of communications networks, both public and private. COMNET – Building Business Value Through Intelligent Networks – will be held January 29 – February 1, 2001 in the Washington D.C. Convention Center. COMNET information is available at or by calling toll free 1-866-COMNETX (1-866-266-6389).

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo and Internet Entertainment Expo (IEX). IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions.

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