July 20, 2005 11:48 ET

IBM Awarded Information Technology Contracts

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 20, 2005 -- IBM today confirmed that it has entered into separate multi-year agreements with Altria Corporate Services, Inc. and Philip Morris USA to provide data center, hosting and networking services. The agreements were signed in June.

"Altria Corporate Services and Philip Morris USA determined that IBM's approach for the transition and support of both organizations were closely aligned with each company's needs and interests," said Jim Noble, vice president and chief information officer, Altria Group, Inc.

"IBM looks forward to a longstanding relationship with both Altria Corporate Services and Philip Morris USA," said Tony Martinez, general manager, distribution sector, IBM Global Services.

IBM Global Services

IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services and consulting provider. Some 190,000 professionals in more than 160 countries help clients integrate information technology with business value -- from the business transformation and industry expertise of IBM Business Consulting Services to hosting, infrastructure, technology design and training services. IBM Global Services delivers integrated, flexible and resilient processes across companies and through business partners, enabling clients to save money and transform their businesses to be more competitive. For more information, visit

Altria Group, Inc.

Altria Group, Inc. is the parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris International and Philip Morris USA. Altria Corporate Services, Inc. is a services organization dedicated to providing the parent company and its operating companies with high-quality professional services across a range of disciplines. Altria Group owns approximately 85% of the outstanding common shares of Kraft Foods Inc. and 100% of the outstanding common shares of Philip Morris International Inc., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Philip Morris Capital Corporation. In addition, Altria Group, Inc. has a 33.9% economic interest in SABMiller plc. The brand portfolio of Altria Group, Inc.'s consumer packaged goods companies includes such well-known names as Kraft, Jacobs, L&M, Marlboro, Maxwell House, Nabisco, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Parliament, Philadelphia, Post and Virginia Slims. Altria Group, Inc. recorded 2004 net revenues of $89.6 billion. Trademarks and service marks mentioned in this release are the registered property of, or licensed by, the subsidiaries of Altria Group, Inc.

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