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January 13, 2003
Accenture’s Martin Cole Honored as 2003 Premier 100 IT Leader By IDG’s Computerworld

Global Managing Partner for Outsourcing Recognized for Creative, Innovative Approach to Align IT Department with Business Strategy

NEW YORK; Jan. 13, 2003Accenture today announced that Martin Cole, global managing partner for its Outsourcing & Infrastructure Delivery capability group, has been recognized by IDG’s Computerworld, the weekly newspaper for IT leaders, as one of the business world’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. The award honors individuals who have creatively applied technology to execute their organization’s business strategy.

The Premier 100 IT Leaders award, now entering its fourth year, recognizes exceptional technology leadership, innovative approaches to business challenges, and effective execution of comprehensive IT strategies. Cole will be honored at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, Feb. 23-25, 2003, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Cole was selected from hundreds of nominees based on those leaders who most closely matched Computerworld’s Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes business and technology people who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations. Other award winners include IT executives from Bayer Pharmaceutical, Circuit City Stores, Inc., Dow Chemical Company, and MasterCard International, among other leading companies.

“IT leaders are responsible for a wide variety of initiatives that are vital to business -- ranging from customer service to security assurance to a cost-effective supply chain,” said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders highlight 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.”

As leader of Accenture’s outsourcing unit, Cole has created successful outsourcing strategies for numerous Global 1000 clients. He is the driving force behind Accenture’s array of Business Processs Outsourcing initiatives and is the architect of Accenture’s Business Transformation Outsourcing strategy, an innovative approach to outsourcing.

“It’s an honor to be recognized, especially by a publication that understands and appreciates outsourcing,” said Cole. “Companies and organizations are increasingly implementing outsourcing solutions to transform their business operations and gain a strategic advantage. Computerworld, with its insightful reporting, has done an excellent job covering this important trend.”

The complete list of Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the January 6, 2003 issue of Computerworld and online at www.computerworld.com. The issue includes several feature articles summarizing the challenges IT Leaders expect to face in the coming year including managing the IT workforce, improving core systems, vendor management, and aligning technology projects with business goals.

About Accenture
Accenture is the world’s leading management consulting and technology services company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them realize their visions and create tangible value. With deep industry expertise, broad global resources and proven experience in consulting and outsourcing, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills, alliances and technologies. With more than 75,000 people in 47 countries, the company generated net revenues of $11.6 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2002. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

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 Computerworld.com 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 www.computerworld.com.

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 IDG.net (www.idg.net), 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 www.idg.net.

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