IDG’s Computerworld Announces Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2003

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 6, 2003 – IDG's Computerworld today announced the 2003 Premier 100 IT Leaders, the fourth annual list of top IT executives who display exceptional technology leadership. The winners will be honored at the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, February 23-25, 2003, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Selected by Computerworld editors, the Premier 100 includes CIOs, CTOs, vice presidents and senior IT directors from leading companies, including Avon Products, Bayer Pharmaceutical, Allstate Insurance, Circuit City Stores, Microsoft, Prudential Financial, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. The honorees were selected from a pool of more than 600 nominees, who completed an extensive management questionnaire as part of the selection process. The nominees were measured against Computerworld's IT Leadership Index, which emphasizes a range of executive skills such as the ability to foster ideas and creative work environments, envision innovative approaches to business problems, and effectively manage strategic IT investments.

"IT leaders are responsible for a wide variety of initiatives that are vital to successfully doing business – ranging from customer service to security assurance to cost-effective supply chains," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Our Premier 100 IT Leaders represent an elite class of technology thought-leaders who truly practice what they preach about using IT to creatively solve business problems and enable new services."

The complete list of this year's Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the January 6 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 on several fronts: IT spending, integrating technology, connecting with customers, and building business on the Web.

Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference

Crafted entirely by Computerworld editors, the fourth 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 conference focuses on the exchange of ideas, best practices, and real-world applications of IT strategy. The conference theme this year is "Leading the Way to the Real-Time Enterprise," with panel discussions and presentations on top-level infrastructure and integration issues, key security concerns (particularly business continuity), and proving IT's value to the enterprise in 2003.

The conference agenda is packed with prominent speakers including Warren Bennis, author and distinguished professor of management at the University of Southern California; Scott Charney, chief security strategist at Microsoft; and Susan Unger, CIO at DaimlerChrysler. Attendees will include many past honorees from Computerworld's Premier 100 awards program as well as Fortune 1000 IT and business executives.

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About Computerworld

Computerworld is the only integrated media company focused exclusively on the information needs of IT Leaders – those who manage and implement technology in Global 2000 organizations. The company's flagship weekly newspaper – along with its Web site and conference series for IT Leaders – form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) worldwide IT media network. Publishing since 1967, Computerworld has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper, and was named to the "Media Power 50" in 2002 by Crain Communications' BtoB Magazine. Winner of more than 70 print and online editorial awards since 1998, Computerworld has a newspaper circulation of 202,000, a total print audience of 1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of 800,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT Leaders are available at

About IDG

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 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at