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PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S CIO HONORED AS PREMIER 100 IT LEADER BY COMPUTERWORLD

Roger Gray Credits His Team With Strong Performance During the Energy Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced its chief information officer has been honored for his leadership role in helping the company emerge intact during California's energy crisis.

Roger Gray, the utility's vice president of information systems technical services (ISTS) and CIO, was recognized by IDG's Computerworld, an information services company for the IT leader community, as one of the business world's Premier 100 IT Leaders.

"Pacific Gas and Electric Company is proud of Roger Gray's innovative leadership and the dedicated ISTS department," said Gordon R. Smith, president and CEO of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. "Their skill and commitment enable us to effectively meet the challenges facing our company. The recognition as being among the best in the industry is well deserved."

The award honors individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology.

"A leader is only as good as the team, and in this case credit goes to the department staff for their work on many large and critical projects as well as the important day-to-day work through the thick of the energy crisis and the bankruptcy," said Gray.

Last year, Gray's team integrated and upgraded its main business systems and completed several other major projects such as telecommunications projects and upgrades, large PC deployments and on-going work to its customer information systems.

Now in its third year, the Premier 100 IT Leaders award recognizes Gray for exceptional technology leadership, innovative approaches to business challenges, and effective execution of comprehensive IT strategies. Gray will be honored at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, March 3-5, 2002 at The Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Palm Desert, Calif. He will also be a panelist at the conference.

Gray was selected from hundreds of nominees based on those leaders who most closely matched Computerworld's Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes business and technology people who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations. Other award winners include leading IT executives from corporations such as The Bank of New York, Hewlett Packard, Staples, FedEx Corporation and Walt Disney World.

"The Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders demonstrate not only technical expertise but also the ability to inspire their staff to excel," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief, Computerworld. "By motivating people with recognition and opportunity, these leaders understand that the strength of any IT initiative resides with the people working toward its success."

Gray has worked for the utility since 1985 and took over as head of the 1,000-member ISTS in 2000 - just as California's energy crisis started the boil over. Gray's background is mostly business related, including finance, planning, operations and marketing. He began his career as an electrical engineer after earning a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984.

The complete list of Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the January 2, 2002 issue of Computerworld and online at www.computerworld.com The issue includes extensive feature articles summarizing the challenges IT Leaders expect to face in the coming year including CRM, next-generation desktops, ROI and Security.

For more information about Pacific Gas and Electric Company, visit the web site at www.pge.com

About Computerworld

Based in Framingham, Mass., Computerworld, Inc. is a complete information services company for the IT Leader community, providing print and online publications, books, conferences and research services. The company's flagship weekly newspaper for IT Leaders has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper. With a circulation of 250,000, Computerworld has a total audience of 1,694,000, according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.8.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available at www.computerworld.com.

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.


 

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