SOURCE: Executive Alliance

June 26, 2006 08:00 ET

Executive Alliance Announces Winner for the Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Mid-Atlantic Award™ 2006

Marriott International and AARP Executives Awarded Evening's Highest Honors

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 26, 2006 -- Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums, announced today that Kathy Memenza, Vice President, Technology Planning & Enterprise Security at Marriott International, has been named the winner of the prestigious Information Security Executive of the Year Mid-Atlantic Award 2006. Ms. Memenza and thirteen other nominees were honored at a gala reception and awards ceremony held on Thursday evening, June 22, 2006 at the JW Marriott Hotel Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

Suzanne Hall, Information Security Officer and Director I.T. Operations and Security at AARP, was named the ISE Mid-Atlantic People's Choice Award winner. Five ISE Finalists, including Ms. Hall and Ms. Memenza, were showcased during the evening event. The other showcase finalists are Timothy McKnight, Business Group Director and Chief Information Security Officer, Northrop Grumman; Paul Smocer, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Mellon Financial; and Robert Weaver, Information Security and Privacy Officer, ING Direct, USA. Mischel Kwon, Director, Information Assurance, U.S. Department of Justice, was named the recipient of the ISE Mid-Atlantic Rising Star Award.

The Mid-Atlantic Award is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of information security industry leaders. Nominees are accepted from private and public companies, as well as government agencies and academic institutions. They are evaluated and a winner is selected by a distinguished panel of judges comprised of industry experts including past ISE nominees and winners.

Ms. Memenza accepted the award at the end of the evening and shared the honor with her team at Marriott, her predecessor and her family.

"It is so fulfilling to see executives such as Kathy Memenza and Suzanne Hall recognized for their contribution to the security industry," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance, Inc. "Along with the other nominees, these women have invested many years to improve information security within their organizations and for the industry."

The People's Choice Award recipient is selected by peers through an online ballot process, recognizing leadership in information security. The recipient of the Rising Star Award, given in recognition of the accomplishments made by those deemed to be the future leaders of the industry, is selected by Executive Alliance with the assistance of the region's established industry practitioners and leaders.

The awards ceremony and gala is one of five events held during a day-long program. Including an executive forum to discuss current industry topics, the program formula allows the nominees to establish and strengthen relationships with both peers and providers. Culminating in presentation of the award -- recognizing excellence in risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy and information/network security -- the program is unique in the benefits offered to nominees and sponsors alike.

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About the ISE Mid-Atlantic 2006 Sponsors

The Information Security Executive of the Year Mid-Atlantic Award 2006™, a property of Executive Alliance, Inc., is brought to the business community by the following sponsors: Megabyte - Intellitactics; Kilobyte - Courion, CSC, ENDFORCE, Passlogix and Stonesoft; National Media - Information Week, Network Computing and Optimize Magazines; Education - VCampus; Research Sponsor - Symantec Corp.; National Association - ISSA CISO Executive Membership.

About Executive Alliance and the ISE Awards

Executive Alliance is the creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums that honor and record outstanding achievement of executives. These forums facilitate deep relationships within a network of peers; provide visibility for executives and their companies; and offer access and insight into the leaders of industries. Through an extensive platform of collaborative events, which include Industry Award Events, Summits, Executive Forums, Private Receptions and Customized Programs, Executive Alliance creates interactive assemblies for bringing together top executives and innovators in their field.

Recognized by Morgan Keegan as the largest and most widely recognized awards program for IT security executives, the ISE Award Program Series™ includes the ISE Southeast Award (Atlanta, GA), ISE Central Award (Dallas, TX), ISE New England Award (Boston, MA), ISE Mid-Atlantic Award (Washington, DC), ISE West Award (San Francisco, CA), ISE Tri-State Award (New York, NY), and the ISE National Award (Orlando, FL). For more information on this prestigious award, visit

Contact Information

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    Tom Wethington
    Executive Alliance, Inc.