SOURCE: Executive Alliance

August 23, 2005 09:00 ET

Ann Franks Accepts Position as 2005 Chair of Fourth Annual Women in Technology's Best Employer in Georgia Awards™

Nominations for Prestigious Awards Extended to September 16, 2005

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2005 -- Women in Technology (WIT), the leading association committed to the development of Georgia's businesswomen in the technology industry, today announced Ann Franks, vice president of information technology of Lanier Worldwide, Inc. has accepted the position of the 2005 Chair of WIT's Best Employer in Georgia Awards. The awards program, which will be held on the morning of November 4, 2005, at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, honors organizations that have created superior workplaces and environments rich in opportunities for women to advance their careers in technology. Due to numerous requests, the Call for Nominations has been extended until September 16, 2005. Nomination forms are currently available at

Ms. Franks was recognized as a nominee for the 2005 Women of the Year in Technology Awards and as a top information security executive at the 2005 Information Security Executive of the Year Southeast Awards. As Chair of WIT's Best Employer in Georgia Awards, she will focus on helping to shape the future of the award program, raising awareness, and increasing the program's visibility across the state.

With over 20 years in information technology, Ms. Franks has led Lanier's global IT initiatives in Europe and the United States and their strategic Customer Value Development project. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Lanier Worldwide, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Corporation, the Americas sales and marketing unit of Ricoh Company, Ltd., a $17.1 billion global manufacturer of digital copier/printers. Lanier was ranked #60 in the InformationWeek 500 (2004) list of innovative users of information technology in the United States and named #79 in Business Week's Info Tech 100 listing of the top IT companies.

"We are excited and honored to have Ann as our Chair of this year's program," stated Sarah Bajc, president of Women in Technology and chief operating officer for Tescom USA. "She brings a richness of experience from both the IT sector and a leadership perspective that will certainly contribute to the success of our program. Ann is an outstanding role model for women that want to have a seat at the executive table in their own organization."

In commenting on her position as Chair, Ms. Franks stated: "WIT has built an exceptionally strong portfolio of programs that help fast track women's careers to the executive level in IT. I look forward to the opportunity of contributing to WIT's Best Employer in Georgia Awards as I believe it's important for organizations to focus on developing a diverse work force to build the pipeline of talent for executive level positions."

"At Lanier, we have launched major initiatives to ensure we are identifying, developing and recognizing women on their way up the management track," stated Vera Arthur, vice president of HR and strategic resources for Lanier Worldwide. "Ann's appointment as Chair of this prestigious award program is another avenue for Lanier to voice its commitment that we want all of our employees to have an opportunity to be successful in their careers."

Award Criteria and Deadlines

This prestigious breakfast awards event highlights the differentiating qualities of leading Georgia employers and how these firms serve as examples to other employers who aspire to motivate, retain, and grow the capabilities of their diverse workforces. To be held on the morning of November 4, 2005, from 7:30am - 10:00am at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, this award program serves as a critical resource to help women identify organizations that are committed to the professional advancement of women in technology and assist organizations in their efforts to recruit top women candidates for key jobs in the technology sector.

Organizations participating as nominees in this award program will be judged in three categories:

--  Enterprise Class Organizations (Annual revenue of $1 billion or
--  Midsize Class Organizations (Annual revenue greater than $100 million
    and less than $1 billion)
--  Non-Profit Organizations
For each of the three categories, organizations will be evaluated and judged in each of the following four areas:
Executive Development      Active development and execution of strategies
                           that promote women at the executive and board

Inclusion                  Active development and execution of strategies
                           that result in the inclusion of women below
                           the C-level in line management opportunities.

Balance                    Active development and execution of strategies
                           that result in a work/balance strategy designed
                           to support working women.

Innovation                 Active development and execution of program(s)
                           that advanced the competitive spirit of women.
                           The program(s) should create a model for other
                           companies to execute at their own organizations.
Nomination Forms

Nomination forms must be received by Friday, September 16, 2005, via email to Nomination forms are available at For questions, please call 678-234-7329.

About Women in Technology

Women in Technology (WIT) is the leading association devoted to the development of Georgia's businesswomen in the technology industry. WIT accelerates the growth path of women through initiatives that promote visibility and opportunities for their individual goals and success in the industry. WIT is a society of the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella membership organization that serves more than 5,000 members of the Georgia technology community. Currently, six main societies and eleven Special Interest Groups (SIGs) fall within the TAG Membership umbrella, including WIT and WIT's premier annual events, Woman of the Year in Technology Award and WIT Connect.

About The Technology Association of Georgia

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is a non-profit organization that serves the technology community in Georgia. TAG is dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of the state's technology industry and provides leadership in driving initiatives in the areas of policy, capital, education and giving. TAG helps to bring the technology community together through events, initiative programs and networking opportunities. Founded in 1999 through the merger of the Business & Technology Alliance (B&TA), the Southeastern Software Association (SSA) and Women in Technology (WIT), TAG is one of the largest state technology associations in the nation. TAG is made up of several thousand members representing technology leaders from over 1500 Georgia-based companies, affiliated technology and business organizations. TAG recognizes the support and contributions of its Premier Patron; Kilpatrick Stockton and Patrons; Hunton & Williams, Computer Associates, Deloitte and Noro-Moseley Partners. For more information on TAG, visit

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