SOURCE: Executive Alliance

March 26, 2007 08:00 ET

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Security Leader Anne Kuhns Wins Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Southeast Award™ 2007

Awards Program Celebrates 5th Anniversary and Honors Nominees With 2-Day Leadership Summit, Networking and Awards Gala

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 26, 2007 -- Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums, announced today that Anne Kuhns, Senior Manager, IT Risk Management, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, has been named the winner of the prestigious Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Southeast Award 2007. Ms. Kuhns was selected by the judges for her collaborative, comprehensive and passionate approach to leading security efforts across a large and diverse employee base. She and eighteen other nominees from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee were honored at a gala awards ceremony held during the Executive Alliance Leadership Summit Featuring the ISE Southeast Awards. The two-day event was held at the Sheraton Atlanta Downtown Hotel and drew information security executives from across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Tony Spinelli, Chief Security & Compliance Officer for Equifax, was named the ISE Southeast People's Choice Award winner. Selected through an online community balloting process, Mr. Spinelli was selected by his peers representing the information security industry throughout the Southeast region.

Five ISE Finalists, including Ms. Kuhns and Mr. Spinelli, were showcased during the evening event. The other finalists are Christopher Leach, Senior Vice President of IT Risk Management and Chief Information Security Officer, First Horizon National Corporation; Steve Scott, Senior Vice President and Director, Corporate Information Security, Wachovia Corporation; and Aurobindo "Robin" Sundaram, Vice President of Information Security, ChoicePoint, Inc.

As part of the award's fifth anniversary celebration, Executive Alliance positioned the awards ceremony as the anchor event of the Executive Alliance Leadership Summit Featuring the ISE Southeast Awards. Comprised of executive forums, a panel of industry leaders as well as keynote speaker Rhonda MacLean of MacLean Risk Partners, LLC, the two-day program offered great networking and interaction that was enriched by the quality of the nominees and the excitement of the awards.

"The stature of the ISE Award is validated by the strong competition and the consistent level of finalists and winners," said Marci McCarthy, CEO of Executive Alliance. "The judges did not have an easy task to choose a winner from this great lineup of nominees; however, what made their job difficult is exactly what made the Leadership Summit a resounding success."

About the ISE Southeast 2007 Sponsors

The Executive Alliance Leadership Summit Featuring the ISE Southeast Awards 2007™, a property of Executive Alliance, Inc., is brought to the business community by the following sponsors: Presenting Gigabyte -- Symantec; Megabyte -- Courion, Intellitactics, Sophos, TriCipher and VeriSign; Kilobyte -- ArcSight, Brabeion, Cenzic, Cisco, Crossbeam, CSC, Guardian Edge, Intellinx, Ounce Labs, Passlogix, RSA Security, Stonesoft, Sun, Tizor and Watchfire; National Media -- InformationWeek, Optimize and Network Computing; Association -- AeA, InfraGard Atlanta, ISSA Atlanta, ISSA Middle Tennessee and TAG, the Technology Association of Georgia.

About Executive Alliance and the ISE Awards

Executive Alliance is the creator and provider of premium leadership-recognition forums that honor and celebrate 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 Mid-Atlantic Award (Washington, DC), ISE United Kingdom Award (London, England), ISE West Award (San Francisco, CA), ISE Northeast Award (New York, NY), and the ISE U.S. National Award (Orlando, FL). For more information on this prestigious award, visit

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