Verizon Wireless CIO Honored as 2002 Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Roger Gurnani, vice president and chief information officer for Verizon Wireless, has been 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. Now in its third year, the Computerworld awards honor individuals who have had a significant positive impact on their organizations through technology deployment.

The Premier 100 IT Leaders award recognizes Gurnani for exceptional technology leadership, innovative approaches to business challenges, and effective execution of comprehensive IT strategies. He will be honored at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, March 3-5, 2002 at The Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Palm Desert, Calif.

Gurnani was selected from hundreds of nominees because he matched Computerworld's Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes business and technology executives 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.

"Computerworld's annual Premier 100 IT Leaders list honors individuals who display exceptional technology leadership in their organizations," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief, Computerworld. "The honorees for 2002 join an elite class of innovative thinkers dedicated to solving business problems through creativity and effectively managed IT strategies." As CIO, Gurnani is responsible for the information technology strategy of Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, including systems portfolio development and operation of its data centers and communications facilities.

"At Verizon Wireless, we strive to devote a significant amount of our technology efforts to enhancing the user experience - whether it's to upgrade our customer service operation or make our Web site more feature-rich." said Gurnani. "I am honored to be recognized for the collaborative efforts of our nationwide IT team and to be included among a group of remarkable innovators."

The complete list of Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the January 1, 2002 issue of Computerworld and online at 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.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the leading wireless communications provider in the U.S., with the largest wireless network and more than 29.4 million customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at

About ComputerworldBased 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

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