SOURCE: Executive Alliance

March 02, 2006 08:00 ET

Executive Alliance Announces Winner of Information Security Executive of the Year Southeast Award™

CheckFree's Vice President and Chief Security Officer Honored

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 2, 2006 --Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums, announced today that Ed Sarama, Vice President and Chief Security Officer of CheckFree Corporation, has been named the winner of the prestigious Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Southeast 2006 Award. Mr. Sarama was selected in respect of his depth of knowledge, influence and impact on the security industry. He and twenty-three other nominees from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee were honored at a gala reception and awards ceremony held on Wednesday evening at the new Georgia Aquarium Oceans Ballroom in Atlanta.

Tim Callahan, Group Vice President and Manager, Access Controls and Support Services of SunTrust Banks, Inc. was named the ISE Southeast People's Choice Award winner. He was selected by the registered attendees of the event, through an online balloting process.

Five ISE Finalists, including Mr. Sarama and Mr. Callahan were showcased during the evening event. The other finalists are Tammy L. Clark, Chief Information Security Officer, Georgia State University; John Penrod, Chief Information Security Officer, The Weather Channel and Steven Zimmerman; Vice President of Technology Risk Management, Regions Financial Corporation. Additionally, Scott Baker, Information Security Strategist for The Coca-Cola Company was named the recipient of the ISE Southeast Rising Star Award.

The ISE Southeast Award is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of the information security industry and its leaders. The honor is awarded to a chief security officer or an executive in an equivalent position who has overall responsibility for network and/or Internet security and who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the field of information security in the Southeast region.

"It is always gratifying to oversee the process of selecting and honoring these incredibly talented executives," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "Our experience at Southeast is always fulfilling; now in its fourth year, the bar continues to be raised and we never cease to be amazed by the achievements of the security executives that too often go unrecognized."

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About the ISE Southeast 2006 Sponsors

The Information Security Executive of the Year Southeast Award 2006™, a property of Executive Alliance, Inc., is brought to the business community by the following sponsors: Presenting Gigabyte - Cisco Systems, Megabyte - CA, Cenzic, Courion and Lancope; Kilobyte - CSC, Guidance Software, Passlogix, Stonesoft, Tizor, Trusted Networks Technology and Verisign; National Media - IT Architect, Network Magazine and Secure Enterprise; National Association - CISO Executive Membership of ISSA; Education - VCampus; Association - InfraGard Atlanta, Middle Tennessee Chapter of ISSA, Metro Atlanta Chapter of ISSA and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

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

  • Media Contacts:
    Tom Wethington
    Executive Alliance, Inc.