SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

October 16, 2008 12:14 ET

Awards for Supply Management Excellence to Be Presented at Aberdeen Group's Chief Procurement Officer's Summit

Best-in-Class Global Supply Management Enterprises to Be Recognized in Front of a Global Audience on November 13th in San Francisco

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), will reveal the winners of its industry achievement awards in global supply management at its 4th annual Chief Procurement Officer's (CPO) Summit on November 13-14, 2008 in San Francisco, CA. Aberdeen will present five companies with Global Supply Management Achievement Awards for excellence demonstrated in 5 specific areas. The nominees were selected solely based upon Aberdeen research over the past 12 months. The award categories are:

   (1) Innovation in Technology -- granted to the enterprise that has
       maximized leveraged technology solutions to solve pressing business
       issues to positively impact company performance. 2008 Nominees: JC
       Penney, Hospira Healthcare Corp, and The Ohio State University
       Medical Center

   (2) Executive Stewardship -- granted to the enterprise that has overcome
       tremendous obstacles and achieved new performance heights as a
       result of direct involvement and leadership from exceptional
       executive management. 2008 Nominees: Raytheon Missile Systems Co and

   (3) Process Excellence -- granted to the enterprise that has
       demonstrated process ingenuity, agility, flexibility and scalability
       to address evolving business requirements.
       2008 Nominees: Verizon Service Organization and Becton Dickinson

   (4) Business Evolution -- granted to the enterprise that has
       demonstrated the ability to manage the flow of information across
       internal and external functional practices to achieve demonstrable
       business growth. 2008 Nominees: Air Transat and Wolverine Worldwide

   (5) Performance Excellence -- granted to the enterprise that has
       harnessed the performance impacts of value chain activities and
       mastered methodologies for financial, operational, and
       customer-centric performance excellence. 2008 Nominees: Panasonic
       Avionics Corp, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and Cisco

Previous winners in these categories have been organizations such as USPS, MetLife, Northrop Grumman, Goss International, Agilent Technologies, GE Healthcare, ExxonMobile, Boeing, BMW, P&G, BAE Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Fairchild Semiconductor and many others.

"We distinguish top performers in all Aberdeen research efforts as 'Best-in-Class' enterprises; from this group, our research team has identified a smaller list of procurement leaders and organizations who are notable for their transformative strategies and results," states Andrew Bartolini, Vice President of Global Supply Management research at Aberdeen. "The CPO Summit is, in some respect, a celebration of the accomplishments of procurement as a function, so we think it is the perfect venue to recognize top enterprises for their excellence in Supply Management."

Several of last year's achievement award winners had this to say about their recognition: "Thank you for the Performance Excellence Award. We are very excited to be recognized by such a highly regarded research firm as the Aberdeen Group and our peers." ~ Ralph Maier, CPO, University of Pennsylvania.

"We are extremely honored to be recognized by the Aberdeen Group for our use of optimization technology." ~ Robert Oates, Sr. Manager SCM Solutions, USPS.

This year's award recipients promise to reset the bar for excellence in global supply management. Participants at the CPO Summit in November will have the opportunity to hear from and network with the award winners in this two-day forum designed to foster learning and networking in an executive atmosphere framed in research. Thought provoking presenters will share their stories of how they turned supply management into a competitive weapon. Speakers include:

--  Kathy Disimino, SVP Procurement & Administration, The Hertz Corp
--  Peter Connelly, CPO, Leggett & Platt
--  Greg Tennyson, CPO,
--  Ken Syme, CPO, Xerox
--  Jim Polak, CPO, PPG Industries
--  Kirk Eberhart, Director of Purchasing, TMK-IPSCO
--  Farley Blackman, VP Sustainable Cost Management, BP plc
--  Scott Singer, CPO, Rio Tinto
--  Jacques Beaussart, CPO, National City
--  Russell Toney, GM Sourcing, GE Energy
--  Olivier Dumas, SVP & CPO, EADS Defense and Security
--  Bruce Kilkowski, VP Procurement, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
--  Mitch Platt, CPO, Con-way
--  General William "Gus" Pagonis, Retired US Army General, Business
    Leadership Author, and World Renowned Supply Chain Expert

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