Jacksonville, Florida (NASDAQ-LSTR) Landstar System, Inc., a safety-first non-asset based provider of transportation capacity and logistics services, announced today that Landstar Chief Information Officer Larry Thomas has been recognized as one of the business world's 2006 Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld magazine. The award honors executives who show exemplary leadership utilizing technology to provide business solutions to their organizations.
According to Computerworld , Thomas was selected from nearly 600 nominees, who were evaluated by the publication's editors and an external panel of judges. Nominees were then measured against the publication's IT Leadership Index – a set of characteristics that describes executives who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations.
"Each honoree from this year's class has demonstrated how technology can be used effectively, and often times creatively, to positively impact the organization for the long term,” said Computerworld Editor-in-Chief Don Tenant.
Thomas, who will be honored at a black-tie ceremony in March, is the third Landstar executive to be named to the prestigious list of IT leaders since its inception in 2001.
"Larry's significant contributions to the success of this organization are innumerable,” said Landstar President and CEO Henry Gerkens. "His leadership of our IT function continually moves this company forward and enables us to achieve our goal of delivering outstanding service to a wide range of customers.”
Thomas joined Landstar in 1994 as Director of Information Services at one of its subsidiaries in Madisonville, Kentucky. In 2000, Thomas was named Vice President of Research and Development for Landstar System Holdings, Inc. and relocated to Jacksonville, Florida. The following year he was promoted to Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
"I'm proud to be recognized by my peers,” said Thomas. ”It's a pleasure to work for a company that supports IT and recognizes its potential as a cost-effective business solution.”
About Computerworld :
Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management,” is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of enterprise IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (51-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publications, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conferences series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 1000 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage.” In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total audience of 1,293,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2005 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of more than 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).
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About Landstar System, Inc.
Landstar System, Inc. delivers safe, specialized transportation services to a broad range of customers world-wide. The company identifies and fulfills shippers' needs through the coordination of individual businesses comprised of independent sales agents and third-party transportation capacity providers. Landstar's carrier group, which is comprised of Landstar Gemini, Inc., Landstar Inway, Inc., Landstar Ligon, Inc., Landstar Ranger, Inc. and Landstar Carrier Services, Inc., delivers excellence in complete over-the-road transportation services. Landstar Global Logistics, Inc., which is comprised of Landstar Express America, Inc. and Landstar Logistics, Inc., provides international and domestic multimodal transportation (over-the-road, ocean, air and rail), expedited, warehousing and contract logistics services. All Landstar operating companies are certified to ISO 9001:2000 quality management system standards. Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Its common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.