AT&T's Andy Geisse Recognized as One of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders

Recognized by IDG's Computerworld for Excellence in Information Technology Leadership

San Antonio, Texas, December 27, 2006

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," has announced that it selected AT&T's Andy Geisse as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2007.

Computerworld's 2007 Premier 100 IT Leaders honors the 100 IT executives who have led their organizations by mentoring and motivating employees; envisioning innovative solutions to business challenges; and effectively managing and executing IT strategies. The 2007 honorees will be recognized, with many presenting their success strategies, at Computerworld's upcoming Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, March 4-6, 2007, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif.

The complete class of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2007 appears online at http://www.premier100.com and in the Dec. 11, 2006, issue of Computerworld (www.computerworld.com). In addition to the class roster, a special report highlights the challenges IT leaders expect to face in the coming year, including developing their staff's skills, mapping current IT initiatives with the top priorities of their CEOs and driving innovation.

Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference involves companies across all industries, as well as government and educational organizations. This year's recipients were selected from nearly 500 nominees, who were measured against Computerworld's IT Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes executives who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations, and evaluated by the editors and by a panel of outside judges. The candidates were asked about a range of topics, including their backgrounds, work experiences, special accomplishments and leadership styles.

With innovation and network development as top priorities, AT&T is committed to maintaining and building its global leadership, while maximizing efficiencies and delivering a top-notch customer experience. The AT&T IT organization helps drive this innovation and development, existing to enable the company's corporate clients meet their operational goals. Its mission is to do so by providing high-quality products and services at the best cost in a timely and effective manner. The organization strives to learn about its customers' businesses and goals, and focuses on adding value by participating in the achievement of those goals. AT&T's IT workforce delivers more than a thousand high-quality projects per year, determining their success by the value they create for clients.

"I am honored to be named to this prestigious group of IT leaders," said Geisse. "It is an honor not only for myself, but for our IT organization, and AT&T as a whole. I'm proud to work each day with a dedicated and superior group of IT professionals who make recognitions such as this possible."

Crafted by the publication's editors, Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference is a unique and compelling departure from the standard technology conference. Rather than focusing on vendors and products, the spotlight 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.

"This year's class of honorees is characterized by a diversity that demonstrates the value of unique backgrounds and approaches in building an outstanding IT organization. Yet what these individuals have in common is an expertise born of hard work and an intangible leadership quality they can tap to successfully champion IT not only as a business enabler, but as a business influencer," said Don Tennant, editor-in-chief, Computerworld. "The professionals honored in Computerworld's 2007 Premier 100 IT Leaders program, and by extension the organizations they represent, are clearly mindful of their role and obligation as leaders of the global IT community. Their willingness to brave the scrutiny of the limelight as they share their experiences with their peers has won our respect, appreciation, and deep admiration."

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