Vivek Kundra, United States Federal CIO, Announced as Keynote Speaker for 2009 InformationWeek 500 Conference

The Nation's First Federal CIO To Share Insights at the 2009 InformationWeek 500 Conference

Aug 5, 2009

InformationWeek, the leading multimedia business technology brand, announced that Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO, will deliver the opening keynote address on Monday, September 14, at 8:15 a.m. PT at the 2009 InformationWeek 500 Conference and Gala Awards, to be held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif. Kundra will share his unique perspectives on getting things done within the massive federal bureaucracy, ensuring that his $75 billion annual IT budget delivers maximum value and impact.

Kundra was named by President Obama, on March 5, 2009, to the newly created post of Federal CIO. He is responsible for directing the policy and strategic planning of federal IT investments, as well as for overseeing federal technology spending. The Federal CIO establishes and oversees enterprise architecture to ensure system interoperability and information sharing and maintains information security and privacy across the federal government.

Kundra has been recognized among the top 25 CTOs in the country and as the 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to engage and drive transparency with citizens and lower the cost of government operations. Before joining the Obama administration, Kundra served in Mayor Adrian Fenty's cabinet as the CTO for the District of Columbia and Governor Timothy Kaine's cabinet as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. His diverse record also includes technology and public policy experience in private industry and academia.

"Every year, we have filled the InformationWeek 500 Conference agenda with leaders in the truest sense of the word," said Rob Preston, Vice President and Editor In Chief of InformationWeek. "This year, we are honored to have our country's first appointed Federal Government CIO speaking at the conference."

InformationWeek brings CIOs and other business leaders together to network and collaborate on the use of technology to transform business. This year, the discussion will focus on "Navigating the Boardroom." Business technology executives must sit at the center of corporate decision-making, especially in today's economic climate. The 2009 InformationWeek 500 Conference looks to uncover what skills, experience, and expertise will ensure success for today's business technology executives.

This premier event also identifies the 500 companies that are the most innovative users of business technology. The InformationWeek 500 Conference and Gala Awards celebrates technology innovation with two days of high-energy sessions and more informal networking opportunities. Attendees get a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the most successful business technology executives, editors, and influencers in the industry in an intimate setting.

"The InformationWeek team prides itself on bringing the top innovators and influencers together at the InformationWeek 500 Conference and through the InformationWeek 500 ranking process," said John Siefert, Senior Vice President and Publisher of the InformationWeek Business Technology Network. "The InformationWeek 500 selection process is a rigorous one, and the conference brings together top executives like Vivek to participate and network with his CIO peers."

Sponsors for the 2009 event include: iRise, Trend Micro, SAS, IBM, Pitney Bowes, Workday, and HP Software + Solutions.

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The InformationWeek 500 is the annual ranking of the 500 most innovative users of business technology in the nation. For over 20 years, InformationWeek, the leading multimedia business technology brand, has tracked the technology innovations, investments and administrative practices for America's best-known companies. The InformationWeek 500 research reveals the strategies, best practices of the top 500 companies in a comprehensive study each year.

The annual InformationWeek 500 Conference is where InformationWeek brings together the most innovative users of technology to share knowledge and experiences, while celebrating the companies named in the current InformationWeek 500. The InformationWeek 500 Conference provides a unique opportunity to meet and interact with the most respected and recognized executives in the field. The conference is held each fall and continually proves to be an insightful, thought-provoking discussion amongst America's top business technology executives.

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The InformationWeek Business Technology Network provides IT executives with unique analysis and tools that parallel their work flow - from the defining and framing of objectives through to the evaluation and recommendation of solutions. Anchored by InformationWeek, the multimedia powerhouse that looks across the enterprise, the network scales across the most critical technology categories with online properties like (security), (application architecture), Network Computing (networking and communications) and (cloud computing). The network also provides focused content for key IT targets such as CIOs, developers and SMBs with Dr. Dobb's InformationWeek Global CIO and, as well as vital vertical industries with InformationWeek Financial Services, Government and Healthcare. With content at the nucleus of our information distribution strategy, IT professionals turn to our network of expert voices, research and communities to stay informed, get advice, and research technologies to make strategic business decisions.

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