Leading Experts from Around the Nation Named as Keynotes for the Institute for Supply Management™ 88th Annual International Conference

FOR RELEASE: March 4, 2003

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(Tempe, AZ) — The Institute for Supply Management™'s 88th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, to be held May 18 — 21, 2003 in Nashville, offers keynote speakers with forward-thinking, strategic perspectives.

Tony (Thomas K.) Brown, vice president for Ford Global Purchasing will present Expectations: What OEMs and Suppliers Can Expect of Each Other in Today's Environment. In this presentation attendees will learn about Ford's view of "expectations" in today's supplier environment — not only what Ford expects from its suppliers, but what suppliers can expect from Ford. Discover how to apply the successful strategies of this Fortune 500 company to your organization.

Since January 2002, Brown has been vice president of Ford Global Purchasing. Previously, he was executive director, Manufacturing Procurement Operations — Ford Global Purchasing. Brown joined Ford in 1999 from United Technologies Automotive, where he was vice president of supply management. Until then, he was executive director of corporate purchasing and transportation for QMS Inc., a maker and provider of networked enterprise printing solutions. Brown holds a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from American International College.

Allan Z. Loren, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (D&B) believes that every business leader faces the challenge of improving profitability. In his keynote address, New Trends in Supply Management Today, Loren addresses that challenge and shares a chairman's point of view on how integral supply management is in contributing to the bottomline. Strategic sourcing is an unsung hero whose full potential has not been realized because expertise, information, and technology are usually not in sync. In today's dynamic marketplace, it's essential to empower your organization with the knowledge and expertise needed for superior supply management decision-making. Discover how a well-planned information strategy helps to synthesize data and enables leaders to make accurate business decisions. Loren discusses "points of leverage" and how technology plays a key role in strategic sourcing and supply management. While the growth of strategic sourcing is inevitable, what will make it even more successful is a CEO armed with a clear vision and the ability to demonstrate immediate, measurable, and sustainable impact in any economy.

Loren is chairman and chief executive officer of D&B. Previously, he spent six years as executive vice president and chief information officer at the American Express Company. Loren is on the advisory boards of eCustomers.com and the Center for Values Based Leadership. He received a bachelor's degree from Queens College — City of New York, has performed graduate work in mathematics and statistics at American University, and attended Stanford University's Executive Management Program.

Theresa Metty, Sr. VP & General Manager of the Worldwide Supply Chain at Motorola's Personal Communications Sector, has led the charge on multiple fronts — but none more critical than waging war on product complexity. This war on complexity will ultimately lower costs, improve responsiveness, reduce inventories, and improve quality. Supplier collaboration is a key element of the war; it means suppliers are involved from the beginning, contributing to product design, and rooting out complexity before product launch. Without this, we will not hit the "high note" of cost reduction! Both the war on complexity and supplier collaboration are building the foundation for the future of supply management excellence. Get more details during Metty's presentation, Next-Generation Supply Management.

Metty joined Motorola in 2000 to lead its PCS worldwide supply chain operations and within a year reduced net inventory by 63 percent and costs by 22 percent. In 2001, she was featured in Purchasing magazine as one of the "Women to Watch in Purchasing." As a member of the Motorola PCS leadership team, she is actively leading her organization (with more than 9,000 employees worldwide) into the Next Generation Supply Chain, a cutting-edge, world-class supply chain function critical to the future of the business. Before joining Motorola, Metty led IBM through significant changes in procurement transformation, cost reduction, and client satisfaction, and was part of the leadership team that won Purchasing magazine's Medal of Professional Excellence in 1999.

Major General Bradley M. Lott, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Materiel Command (MATCOM) is responsible for the total life-cycle management of all Marine Corps ground equipment. Discover what MATCOM does and how it supports Marine Corps readiness through procurement, analysis, strategic planning, the Investment Advisor role, and pre-positioning before any conflict. In his presentation, Ensuring the Readiness of the Corps through Intelligent Business Practices, find out how MATCOM interacts with the Marine Corps by supporting the various stages of Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare (EMW). Learn about potential partnerships with private corporations and future trends. Explore the role of IT in MATCOM including future developments in acquisition and logistics.

General Lott's distinguished and decorated career in the Marine Corps began in 1972. In 1999, he was promoted to Brigadier General and assumed command of the First Force Service Support Group where he remained until 2001. He also served one rotation as Commanding General, Coalition/Joint Task Force in Kuwait. General Lott is now serving as Commander, Marine Corps Materiel Command in Albany, Georgia.

Donald Ratajczak, Regent's Professor Emeritus of Economics (retired), Georgia State University and Kathleen Cooper, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S.Department of Commerce will present Economic Outlook presentations. For 27 years, Ratajczak has been director of the Economic Forecasting Center in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and is now Regent's Professor of Economics Emeritus, having retired from Georgia State University (GSU). Previously, Ratajczak was director of research for the UCLA Business Forecasting Project. Under his direction, the GSU Economic Forecasting Center was recognized as a leader in inflation analysis, a source of economic development in the Southern region, and one of the most accurate forecasting centers in the country. BusinessWeek cited Ratajczak for his accuracy in predicting national trends. Ratajczak regularly comments on inflationary trends for CNBC and on Federal Reserve policy and other economic issues for CNN. He received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College and his Ph.D. from MIT.

As Commerce Department Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Kathleen Cooper serves as the principal economic advisor to Secretary Donald L. Evans and the CEO of a 7,000-employee organization that gathers, calculates, and disseminates much of the U.S. demographic, social, and economic data. She is administrator of the Economics and Statistics Administration and oversees two statistical agencies — the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Census Bureau — as well as the Internet information resource, STAT-USA. Previously, Cooper was chief economist and manager of the Economics and Energy Division at Exxon Mobil Corporation. Cooper began her career as the corporate economist and then chief economist of the United Banks of Colorado. She was vice chairman of the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as president of the National Association of Business Economists. Cooper holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado.

Don't miss these intriguing presentations being offered at the ISM 88th Annual Conference. Register for the complete conference online at www.ism.ws.

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