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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
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
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
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.