SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

February 26, 2008 12:17 ET

How Have Leading Product Innovators Mastered Product Development and Product Profitability?

Industry Thought Leaders Convene at Aberdeen's Annual Product Innovation Executive Summit to Discuss Strategies in Product Development and Product Profitability

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - The annual Product Innovation Executive (PIE) Summit will be hosted by Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), on May 1-2, 2008 at the Westin Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Attending product executives will have the opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders who will share their accomplishments in four distinct categories:

--  Fostering and commercializing innovation repeatedly
--  Empowering engineers to design innovative products
--  Coordinating product development across as well as outside the
    enterprise
--  Manage successful design efforts through outsourced design and supply
    chain partners
    

Summit participants will range from the manager to the executive level in manufacturing companies, as well as "brand owners." Multiple vertical industries will be represented at the summit, with the bulk of the attendees stemming from the Engineering and R&D organizations of discrete manufacturing companies.

--  Participate in the only executive event focused on the critical
    components of product innovation including breakthroughs in developing
    profitable products.
--  Collect actionable recommendations from Best-in-Class product
    innovation practitioners, which can be put into action immediately to
    improve your own company's product development and engineering performance.
--  Network with peers and counterparts in related industries.
    

The Product Innovation Summit is part of the acclaimed Aberdeen Summit Series. The seminars bring corporate executives and industry thought leaders together to share information and provide actionable recommendations for organizational advances. Summit participation is limited to 250 executive level participants seeking to hear from and network with industry thought leaders and select technology vendors.

Participants will witness firsthand how companies manage the complexity of global design and global supply chains, increase speed to market, and improve product reliability.

Summit presenters include:

--  Karl Ulrich, CIBC Professor and Chair at the Wharton School of the
    University of Pennsylvania
--  Nan Mattai, SVP Engineering and Technology at Rockwell Collins
--  Captain Dennis O'Donoghue, VP of Test & Validation at Boeing
    Commercial Airplanes
--  Kiho Sohn, Chief Knowledge Officer at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
--  Robin Karol, CEO of the Product Development Management Association
    (PDMA)
--  Fred Bellio, Director of Global Product Development at Mercury Marine
--  Jeff Richlin, President of Richlin Machinery
--  David Prawel, Founder of Longview Advisors
--  Terence Barnhart, Director of Strategic Management at Pfizer
--  David Maltz, Director of Device Technology at Nektar Therapeutics
    

Tentative speakers include:

--  VP of Design at Harley Davidson
--  VP of Technological Services at Masco Corporation
--  VP of Engineering at John Deere
--  VP of Engineering at Johnson Controls Inc
--  Distinguished Fellow at Motorola
    

"We are excited about bringing together industry executives and Best-in-Class product innovation practitioners, to share success stories and provide actionable recommendations for improving product development and engineering performance," said Jim Brown, Senior Vice President of Product Innovation Research at Aberdeen. "We are looking forward to sharing our research findings to aid in transformation of product innovation processes."

For additional information on the summit, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/events/live/pie08/

For more information on sponsorship visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/events/live/pie07/sponsors.asp

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