February 3, 2004 Jacksonville, Florida - Jacksonville, Florida - (NASDAQ: LSTR) Landstar System, Inc., a safety-first provider of transportation capacity, announced that Landstar Director of Data Management and Administration Bob Leo has been recognized by IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," as one of the business world's Premier 100 IT Leaders. The award honors executives who show exemplary technology leadership in resolving business problems. Honorees, including Leo, were named and profiled in the January 5 issue of Computerworld and will be honored again at Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, occurring March 5-7, 2004, in Palm Desert, California.
Leo was selected from nearly 600 nominees, who were measured against Computerworld's IT Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes executives who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations, and evaluated by the editors and by an external panel of past Premier 100 honorees. Other honorees include leading IT executives from corporations such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Marriott International, American Express, Lockheed Martin, MetLife and the U.S. Air Force.
"Our Premier 100 list honors those who've had a positive impact on their IT groups and their companies during some of the toughest times in years," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "They lead people and projects to success. They're adept communicators who are 'bilingual' in tech-speak and business talk. But most significantly, they're still willing to take risks in these highly risk-averse times."
"We're pleased Computerworld has recognized Bob's contribution to Landstar in developing and implementing long-term data management strategies," said Landstar Chief Information Officer Larry Thomas. "He matches innovative technology solutions to the needs of Landstar's independent agents, business capacity owners and staff in accessing consolidated information through simplified processes."
Leo holds a degree in Computer Information Systems from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He is the second Landstar honoree. Landstar Vice President of Advanced Technology Patrick Wise made the list in 2001.
"The fact that two Landstar IT professionals have earned this prestigious honor highlights Landstar's commitment to utilizing technology to deliver innovative tools to our agents, business capacity owners and customers," said Thomas. "The result is accurate efficient customer service for everyone."
The complete list of Premier 100 IT Leaders can be found in the January 5, 2004 issue of Computerworld and online at www.computerworld.com. The issue includes several feature articles summarizing the challenges IT Leaders expect to face in the coming year, including motivating staff, avoiding project pitfalls, shoring up network security and preparing for the rebound.
Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of IT management. Through its weekly print publication, Computerworld.com website, focused conference series and custom research, Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network. Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence in the past five years, including a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage," 22 ASBPE awards and BtoB Magazine's "Media Power 50" in 2003. In print since 1967, Computerworld currently has a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of 1,869,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.10.0), and an online audience of over 900,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT management are available at www.computerworld.com.
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About Landstar System:
Landstar System, Inc. is a non-asset-based provider of transportation capacity delivering safe, specialized transportation services to a broad range of customers throughout North America. The company identifies and fulfills shippers' needs through the coordination of individual businesses comprised of independent sales agents, business capacity owners, and other transportation capacity providers. The term, business capacity owner, refers to Landstar's independent contractors who operate a small business and provide the equipment necessary to haul freight.
Landstar's carrier group is comprised of Landstar Gemini, Inc., Landstar Inway, Inc., Landstar Ligon, Inc. and Landstar Ranger, Inc. and delivers excellence in complete over-the-road transportation services. Landstar's multimodal group is comprised of Landstar Express America, Inc. and Landstar Logistics, Inc., provides expedited, contract logistics and intermodal transportation services. All Landstar operating companies are certified to ISO 9001:2000 quality management system standards. Landstar System, Inc.'s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.