SOURCE: Executive Alliance

August 23, 2006 10:07 ET

Atlanta Technology Community's A-List to Judge the Quality Leadership Executive (QLE) of the Year Southeast Awards™

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2006 -- Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums, and Founding Platinum Sponsors Tescom and Compuware, announced today a stellar panel of judges for the Quality Leadership Executive (QLE) of the Year Southeast Awards 2006.

The QLE Southeast Awards honor and recognize the achievements of Information Technology executives and their teams for the exemplary practice of IT Quality Assurance.

The Judges' Panel includes:

--  Helen Berg; Chief Information Officer, Internet Security Systems, Inc.
--  Fran Dramis; Chief Information and eCommerce Officer, Bellsouth
--  Marian M. Lucia; Executive Vice President and Chief Information
    Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
--  Dr. Guido Sachi; Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President,
    Corporate Strategies, CompuCredit
--  Brian Shield; Chief Information Officer, The Weather Channel
Nomination and Judging Process

IT Executives who have demonstrated quality assurance leadership and excellence either as visionary or as practitioner are eligible for the award. Nominations may be originated by staff, peers, vendors or self; nomination criteria and forms are available at and will be accepted through September 7, 2006.

The Official Book of Nominations will be created and confidentially delivered to each judge in advance of a meeting where the selection of finalists and winners will be made.

Results to be Revealed at Gala Banquet and Ceremony

The judges' decisions will be kept secret until revealed at the QLE Southeast Awards Gala, to be held on Thursday, October 19, at the Westin Atlanta North at Perimeter.

The program includes an Executive Forum during which the executive nominees, the judges and other experts will discuss industry issues and best practices.

Nominees will experience other events including a VIP Reception, Gourmet Buffet Dinner and the Awards Ceremony itself. The events have a cumulative networking effect and enable peer-to-peer communication and relationship building. The presence of the judges who are well-known and highly respected in the technology community will increase the impact of the events.

"We are thrilled to see the leaders of the Atlanta technology community step up to participate in this inaugural event of the Quality Leadership Executive Awards," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "The participation of these highly respected individuals brings tremendous credibility to the awards."

"The technology community in Atlanta is a very tight-knit one and we all benefit from the strong affiliations and relationships built among the community's leaders," said Mika Liss, Executive Vice President of Tescom. "To have these influencers and champions agree to be judges is a very promising start for the QLE Southeast Awards."

"As IT organizations continually face the challenge to deliver high-quality applications, quality assurance is a topic and practice that tends to get ignored in terms of leadership recognition," said John Slack, Regional Products Vice President at Compuware Corporation. "The QLE Awards Judges understand the importance of these awards, and it's great that they are so willing to invest their time and effort to bring focus to the issue."

Nominators may send applications electronically to through Thursday, September 7, 2006.

About the QLE Southeast 2006 Sponsors

The Quality Leadership Executive of the Year Southeast Award 2006™, a property of Executive Alliance, Inc., is brought to the business community by Founding Platinum Sponsors Compuware and Tescom.

Other, limited sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit or contact Marci McCarthy at 404.982.8562.

About Tescom Software Systems Testing Ltd.

Tescom is a global leader in independent software quality assurance and testing solutions with over 600 professionals around the world dedicated to helping companies mitigate the technological risks inherent to the development, implementation and integration of software and information technology applications. Founded in 1990, Tescom is a public company (LSE: TSCM) that maintains operations in Australia, France, Israel, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Visit

About Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) maximizes the value IT brings to the business by helping CIOs more effectively manage the business of IT. Compuware solutions accelerate the development, improve the quality and enhance the performance of critical business systems while enabling CIOs to align and govern the entire IT portfolio, increasing efficiency, cost control and employee productivity throughout the IT organization. Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the world's leading IT organizations, including more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. Learn more about Compuware at

About Executive Alliance

For an executive, especially an executive in an emerging area, the keys to success and the success of their organization are a function of prominence, visibility and recognition. Executive Alliance, Inc. provides premium leadership-recognition forums that honor and recognize the outstanding achievement of executives within different industries. These forums allow industry leaders to build rich relationships within a network of peers; the programs provide visibility for executives and their companies, and offer access and insight into the people leading these industries. Through an extensive platform of collaborative events, which include Industry Award Events, Summits, Executive Roundtables, Executive Forums, Private Receptions, and Customized Programs, Executive Alliance creates interactive forums for bringing together top executives, industry innovators and practitioners. For more information, visit

Contact Information

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    Tom Wethington
    Executive Alliance