InFocus CEO Robert O'Malley Elected Chairman of Board of Directors for Computing Technology Industry Association

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New board for 2008-09 named at annual Breakaway conference

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I look forward to serving as chairman of CompTIA's board to ensure the association continues to deliver the best in member services. I also look forward to working with Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA's new CEO, to establish the 2009 agenda. If our members are successful in growing their companies, we've done our job as an association.

A 25-year veteran of the information technology (IT) industry will lead the board of directors of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) in 2008-09.

Robert G. O'Malley, chief executive officer of InFocus® Corporation of Wilsonville, Ore., the industry pioneer and a global leader in the digital projection market, was elected chairman of the CompTIA board of directors at the association's annual Breakaway conference, held earlier this month in Orlando, Fla. Some 1,200 IT industry leaders attended the conference.

"These are exciting times for IT solution providers," O'Malley said. "I look forward to serving as chairman of CompTIA's board to ensure the association continues to deliver the best in member services. I also look forward to working with Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA's new CEO, to establish the 2009 agenda. If our members are successful in growing their companies, we've done our job as an association."

Prior to joining InFocus O'Malley was senior vice president of marketing at Tech Data Corporation, a $21 billion global distributor of IT hardware, software and services. He has also held senior executive positions with IBM, Immersion, Pinacor, Intermec Technologies, and MicroAge.

O'Malley succeeds Brian Wiser as chairman. Wiser, senior vice president of sales and vendor management, North America, Ingram Micro Inc, the world's largest technology distributor, will serve as an ex-officio member of the CompTIA board in 2008-09.

Vice chairman of the CompTIA Board of Directors for 2008-09 is David Roberts, senior vice president of Americas sales for Websense, Inc., San Diego, Calif., the technology leader in integrated Web security, email security and data loss prevention solutions. Roberts oversees both the sales and channel teams to develop a cohesive channel-centric organization.

Peter Manni, vice president of client services for Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Inc., Canton, Mass. an internationally leading provider of IT solutions and services, will serve as secretary of the CompTIA Board of Directors in 2008-09. Manni leads a staff of 1,800 IT professionals that support infrastructure services for the Siemens Fortune 500 client base across North America.

Elected treasurer is Oli Thordarson, chief executive officer, Alvaka Networks Inc., Irvine, Calif., a leading provider of network management, monitoring, security and integration services. Thordarson is recognized as a true pioneer in the managed technology services provider market.

Other members of the CompTIA Board of Directors for 2008-09 include:

  • Alwaleed Aldryann, chief executive officer, Al Khaleej Training and Education Company, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a pioneer in the field of IT, electronics, communication, English language, and administrative training.
  • David Dickison, senior vice president, North American channels, McAfee, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., the world's largest dedicated security technology company.
  • Mariano Dy-Liacco, director, client solutions, Insight Enterprises, Inc., Tempe, Ariz., a technology solutions provider serving global and local clients in 170 countries.
  • Geoff Fancher, vice president, U.S. field channels, Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.
  • Bob Godgart, founder and chief executive officer, Autotask Corporation, East Greenbush, N.Y., the leading provider of web-based business management software for outsource IT service companies.
  • Lester Keizer, chief executive officer, Connecting Point Technology Center, Las Vegas, Nevada's first technology center to provide a one-stop-shop for all technology products and services.
  • Charles R. Lennon, president, TeamLogic IT®, Mission Viejo, Calif., a nationwide network of businesses providing a wide range of outsourced and managed IT support services to small and medium-sized companies.
  • Jack Morris, vice president, technology and market solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Tempe, Ariz., an operating group of Avnet, Inc. representing US$6 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2007, with locations in more than 30 countries.
  • Dennis Obial, president and chief executive officer, Government Acquisitions, Inc., an IT solutions provider and trusted advisor to the Federal Government, focused on "Optimizing the Data Center" through consolidation, virtualization, and main frame re-hosting.
  • Dan Shapero, senior vice president, marketing, Kaseya, St. Helier, Jersey, a global provider of IT automation software for IT solution providers and public and private sector IT organizations.
  • Annette Taber, vice president, North American sales, Interlink Communication Systems, Clearwater, Fla., an internetworking-focused specialty distribution company representing select manufacturers to an international network of value added resellers, network service providers and system integrators.
  • Vijay K Thadani, chief executive officer of NIIT Ltd., Gurgaon, India, a leading global talent development corporation.
  • Angie Wong, chief executive officer, Network Designs Integration Services, Inc., Fremont, Calif., an established provider of information technology solutions to corporations and small/medium businesses.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the world's $3 trillion information technology industry. CompTIA membership extends into more than 100 countries and includes companies at the forefront of innovation; the channel partners and solution providers they rely on to bring their products to market; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their technology investments. For more information, please visit http://www.comptia.org .

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