SOURCE: American Express Incentive Services

January 29, 2008 12:17 ET

American Express Incentive Services' John Rose Recognized as One of Computerworld's 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - John Rose, American Express Incentive Services' (AEIS') vice president of IT, was recently named one of IDG's Computerworld 2008 Premier 100 IT Leaders.

Now in its ninth year, the Premier 100 program honors the 100 IT executives who have led their organizations by envisioning innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively managing and executing IT strategies. The Premier 100 program highlights leaders from all industries, as well as government and educational organizations.

2008's recipients were selected from nearly 800 nominees. All nominees were measured against Computerworld's Leadership Index (a set of characteristics describing executives who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations) and evaluated by the publication's editors as well as a panel of outside judges. Candidates were asked about a range of topics, including their backgrounds, work experiences, special accomplishments and leadership styles.

Rose's innovative thinking, dedication and 20+ years of IT leadership expertise were pivotal factors for his selection. Rose has been instrumental in enhancing AEIS' IT platforms, creating the infrastructure to sustain robust development and building a dedicated team to support those initiatives. "I'm proud that we're building the capacity and capability that poise AEIS for continued growth in our dynamic industry and provide exceptional service to our customers," said Rose. "We would not have attained this level of recognition without the commitment of the entire IT department and the support of AEIS' leadership team."

"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," said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief, Computerworld. "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."

About AEIS

AEIS, a joint venture between American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. and Maritz Inc., provides business-to-business reward solutions including stored-value cards, American Express® Gift Cheques and an online reward management tool. Its products address a broad array of applications such as employee reward and recognition, sales incentives and consumer promotions while helping clients drive consumer and employee behaviors, build loyalty and increase brand awareness. AEIS is headquartered in Fenton, Mo. and is a licensee of U.S. Patents 5,689,100 and 5,956,695 and Canadian Patent 2,215,969. For more information, please contact prmanager@aeis.com.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (www.computerworld.com), weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief Don Tennant received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

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