Press Releases

Former head of Dex Media becomes CEO of Alta Colleges


August 30, 2006

Alta Colleges Inc., based in Denver and the parent of Westwood College and Redstone College, said Tuesday it's hired George Burnett as its CEO.

Burnett resigned in May as chairman of R.H. Donnelley Corp. (NYSE: RHD), a North Carolina company that purchased Dex for $9.4 billion in January. After a stint as chief marketing officer of Denver's Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) beginning in 2000, Burnett became president and CEO of phone book publisher Dex, a Qwest subsidiary, in 2002.

He oversaw the company's purchase by R.H. Donnelley.

Burnett takes over at Alta from Kirk Riedinger and James Turner, who jointly shared the office of CEO. Riedinger will remain as chairman of the board. Turner will continue as president of Alta Colleges and assume the role of vice chairman.

Alta Colleges was founded in 1953. The company now has campuses in Colorado, California, Georgia, Illinois, Texas and Virginia.

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Activplant Appoints Former CA™ Executive as New CEO


Seasoned executive brings 25 years experience to fastest growing MI company in North America

LONDON, ON - March 28, 2006 - Activplant, the standard in performance management solutions for the world's leading manufacturers, today appointed Ted Williams to the role of chief executive officer. Williams, who joins from CA (Computer Associates) and who was an eleven year veteran of MRO Software, will lead the company's strategic direction and business growth effective immediately. Williams succeeds Dennis Cocco, the current CEO and President, who will assume the role of Chief Product Strategist. The transition is part of a growth plan announced by Cocco in July 2005. As Chief Product Strategist, Cocco will apply his industry knowledge and technology expertise to create solutions that drive immediate value for customers.

"Activplant is poised for explosive growth, and Ted's solid track record in creating strong market demand will help build on our current momentum and bring us to new levels of success," said Dennis Cocco, CEO, Activplant. "We're thrilled to welcome someone of his calibre to our team."

"Activplant possesses the key ingredients for success: a fast-growing customer base with some of the largest manufacturers in the world, a management team with deep industry knowledge and an innovative product suite," said Williams. "The market potential for Activplant is vast and I'm looking forward to working with the Activplant team on extending its footprint in the manufacturing intelligence space."

Williams comes to Activplant from Computer Associates, where he served as the Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales Operations. Prior to that, Williams was the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations of Concord Communications, where he directed the company's global sales force, managed its international reseller network, and oversaw its professional services team.

Prior to joining Concord, Williams was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales for MRO Software, a strategic asset management software provider that helps manufacturers extend asset life, decrease operating costs and enable efficient supplier collaboration. As part of MRO Software's management team, Williams substantially contributed to that company's impressive revenue growth of more than 700 per cent since the early 1990s and directed the original Maximo product line. He also served as president and COO of Comac Systems Corporation, an enterprise software start-up.

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New CIO appointed at Mount Sinai Hospital


TORONTO - Mount Sinai Hospital President and CEO Joseph Mapa is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Marlene Robinson (pictured) as Vice-President and Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Ms. Robinson steps into a role previously filled by Dr. Lynn Nagle, who recently established an IT consulting company in Toronto.

Ms. Robinson will use her 20 years of work experience in Canada and internationally to lead the IT team at Mount Sinai Hospital as it develops a fully integrated system of electronic health records. Previously, she held senior leadership technology positions at Canadian Tire Corporation, KPMG Management Consulting, General Electric and Bell Canada. Ms. Robinson has strengths in building partnerships and in bridging the gap between business leaders and technology. She also has a broad knowledge of IT architecture and software.

Ms. Robinson has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and is a certified management consultant. She teaches the technology module of the Logistics Management program at York University's Schulich Executive Learning Centre.

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Safari Books Online Advances Its Technology, Sales and Business Development Initiatives with Executive Hires


SEBASTOPOL, Calif., April 3, 2006--Safari(R) Books Online, a joint venture of O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, today announced the addition of four key executives in engineering, sales and business development who will guide technology initiatives and work toward increasing market share for the online provider of technical and business titles by O'Reilly Media, Inc., the Pearson Technology Group and other publishers.

The new executives will focus on initiatives which include the next generation of Safari's publishing platform, and expanding sales and strategic partnerships in the United States and internationally.

"Safari Books Online is in a dynamic and rapidly evolving market which presents many opportunities to serve our customers with new and unique content delivery capabilities. The experience that the new members of our team bring to the company will help better reach our customer base with new and exciting content offerings," said Sean Devine, president and CEO of Safari Books Online. "The expanded executive team positions the company to build upon its success over the last five years and demonstrates the company's commitment to remain at the forefront of corporate technology and business information services."

Dejan Nenov, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Nenov is a seasoned manager with international experience, who offers a rare combination of expert technology and team-building skills balanced by broad sales and corporate development experience. Most recently he was vice president engineering for X-1 Technologies, a company focused on enterprise and desktop search technology. His other past positions include CIO, vice president wireless messaging, and CEO and founder of an IT professional services company. Mr. Nenov also opened and operated international sales offices and offshore development centers for U.S. based technology businesses and U.S. sales offices for European companies. Mr. Nenov holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Computing Machinery from the Sofia Technical Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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TrueContext Announces Key Executive Appointment


Industry Veterans To Lead Company Through Next Phase of Growth

OTTAWA, March 9, 2006 - TrueContext, the technology provider for the Rogers mFORMS™ (www.rogers.com/mforms) On Demand mobile forms service, today announced the appointment of key industry veterans to lead the company through the next phase of growth.

Jeff Lindauer has joined TrueContext as Chief Executive Officer, and will also serve on the company's board of directors. Lindauer is focused on growing the company and delivering on its vision for providing a service platform for Operators to launch branded, On Demand volume enterprise data services like mobile forms, content and device management. Alvaro Pombo, formerly CEO, assumes the role of President and Executive Chairman of the Board of TrueContext.

For more than 20 years, Lindauer has led high performing software technology and telecommunications companies. Previously, Lindauer was CEO of Spontaneous Technology, a wireless synchronization company acquired by IntelliSync, subsequently acquired by Nokia. Lindauer also served as President and CEO of SkyTel, and Chief Operating Officer for SmarTalk Telecommunications, acquired by AT&T. This followed a 14-year career with MCI Telecommunications where Lindauer served as Vice President and General Manager of the PrePaid Card unit after holding several senior management positions in the company's Business Markets division. He began his telecommunications career with Mountain Bell in 1982. Lindauer also currently serves as Chairman of Q Inc, a QoE software company located in San Francisco.

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Trans Canada Trail appoints Sanderson Layng to President and CEO

Thursday January 12 2006

The Board of Directors of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sanderson Layng as President and CEO.

Sanderson Layng joins the Trans Canada Trail team after having served as president of some of Canada's leading non-profit organizations including the Canadian Captioning Development Agency, Concerned Children's Advertisers and the Alliance for a Drug-Free Canada. Sanderson also has extensive private sector experience from his leadership roles at Social Portfolio Management Inc. and Knowledge Transfer Enterprises where he developed national and international campaigns for The Hospital for Sick Children and Campaign for Kids, a consortium of major children's organizations including Kids Help Phone, Children's Aid Foundation and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. Sanderson also served as chairman of the board for the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness for 10 years during which time the organization grew to a multi-million dollar endeavour and major child advocate. In 2002, Sanderson was honoured with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for service to Canadians and Canada.

"Sanderson brings a wealth of marketing and communication experience as well as a successful fundraising track record to lead us in the completion of the world's longest, shared-use, recreational trail which will connect Canada from coast to coast to coast," said Valerie Pringle, Chair of the Trail's Board of Directors. "We are proud of our team and our work to date and in this final phase in the development of the Trail we are leveraging our resources to bring all Canadians a recreational treasure to enjoy."

John Bellini, a founder and first president of the Trail project, has become Chief Trail Development Officer with the exciting responsibility for building the remaining elements of the Trail by the fall of 2010. "It is John's energy, commitment and marketing skills that is making the dream of the Trail a reality for thousands of Canadians," said Sanderson. "I look forward to working with John to complete the long journey that he, his dedicated team and countless volunteers in communities across the country have begun."

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