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EVENT: Wal-Mart's Chief Information Officer Will Speak Jan. 27 at the Ross School of Business

1/19/2005 --

Linda Dillman is one of two keynote speakers at upcoming FuturTech Conference.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Wal-Mart Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Linda Dillman will deliver the first keynote address at the 7th Annual FuturTech Conference at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Hale Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Dillman, who was instrumental in helping Wal-Mart develop one of the most sophisticated information services networks in the world, will also receive the Ross School of Business Women in Leadership Award.

The two-day conference, "Competing & Living in a World Transformed by Technology," will bring future leaders and industry executives together to explore the impact of technology on business and consumers. Attendees will participate in nine panels, including "Nanotechnology: Nearing the Tipping Point–The Promise, The Pitfalls," "Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): Coming to a Retailer Near You" and "Healthcare: Innovations in Personalized Medicine."

Howard Handler, MBA '85 and chief marketing officer for Virgin Mobile USA, will headline activities on Jan. 28 at 1:45 p.m. in Hale Auditorium. Prior to joining Virgin Mobile USA, Handler was the president and CEO of Burly Bear Network, a start-up cable network and youth marketing company. He has also held top marketing positions at the National Football League, MTV, Saturday Night Live and Quaker Oats.

Special events include the Tech Fair, where students can meet representatives and view products from several companies, including Apple, Sprint and Hewlett-Packard. The "Quick Pitch" business plan competition, sponsored by FuturTech and the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, allows students to pitch their business plans before a panel of venture capitalists and industry executives.

Corporate sponsors include title sponsor Ecolab as well as Sprint, Citigroup, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Unisys, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and DiamondCluster International.

The FuturTech Conference is a collaboration of the Ross School of Business, College of Engineering and School of Information. Several student-run organizations contribute to its success, including the High-Tech Club, Marketing Club, Operations Management Club, Entertainment, Media and Sports Club, Nanotechnology Commercialization Group, Entrepreneur & Venture Club, Net Impact, Michigan Business Women and the Women in Business Initiative.

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Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847