Harvey Najim, Sirius Computer Solutions Chairman and CEO, Announces Plans to Step Down

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Continues his transition from Business Leader to Servant Leader

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I will remain active in the business as the Executive Chairman, providing Board leadership, and focusing on a smooth CEO transition during the next 312 days.

Harvey Najim, Chairman and CEO of Sirius Computer Solutions, announced last week that he plans to hand over his responsibilities as CEO to Joe Mertens, currently President at Sirius, while remaining Chairman of the Board.

“Three years ago, I made Joe Mertens our President,” said Najim. “He has done an outstanding job, especially under very tough economic conditions that also affected our business.”

Mr. Najim indicated that Joe Mertens will become CEO no later than January 2, 2012.

“I will remain active in the business as the Executive Chairman, providing Board leadership, and focusing on a smooth CEO transition during the next 312 days. This will allow Joe and the management team enough time to complete the successful integration of MSI,” said Najim.

In 2010, Mr. Mertens oversaw the acquisition of MSI Systems Integrators, Inc., in addition to growing Sirius revenue approximately 11%. In 2011, Sirius plans to achieve unprecedented growth, with revenues projected to exceed $1.2 billion.

As the leader at Sirius for 30 successful years, Mr. Najim has overseen changes to the business model and the management staff in order to ensure consistent, strong growth of the organization over a period when the industry saw significant consolidation. This announcement is part of a plan Mr. Najim put in place several years ago to transition the leadership of Sirius to Joe Mertens.

“Joe has the vision, the strategy and the leadership skills to take our company to the next level,” said Najim. “In addition, he has my full support and confidence. I would never turn the reins over to someone who was not my equal and even better - and that he is.”

In December, 2006, Mr. Najim established the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation to support children’s charitable organizations in the greater San Antonio area. Today, Mr. Najim devotes much of his time to the Foundation, which has contributed over $25 million since its inception. He has been recognized with dozens of awards for his professional and personal achievements, and considers this personal transition one from a business leader to a servant leader.

“As I continue to transition into my full-time role with my Foundation, it is in the best interest of Sirius that the role of CEO be assumed by an individual who combines new ideas and fresh energy with extensive experience and a strong Sirius background,” said Najim. “Simply put, it is time for me to pass the baton to someone with more energy and fresh legs to complete the next part of our marathon.”

Joe Mertens started his career with Sirius (then known as Star Data Systems) in 1984, and held several leadership positions with the company’s wholesale and distribution divisions, including President and CEO at Business Partner Solutions (BPS) and Savoir Technology. He returned to Sirius in May, 2002 as Executive Vice President, and was named President in April, 2008.

“I am honored and humbled by the confidence being placed in me, and I look forward to the challenge of taking Sirius to the next level,” said Mertens. “No one can fill Harvey’s shoes, but I hope to bring my own business perspective and personal style to the company. I’ve learned from the best, and will be working with Harvey very closely during 2011 to absorb everything I can from him.”

Mr. Najim has been at the helm of Sirius for more than 30 years, after 13 years with IBM. He will work closely with Joe Mertens and the Board to ensure a smooth hand-off of his CEO duties.

About Sirius: Sirius is a national IT solution provider and IBM Premier Business Partner dedicated to helping clients implement advanced infrastructure solutions that provide a competitive advantage and a positive return on investment. For more information, visit http://www.siriuscom.com.

Contact Information: Susan Griffin, Director, Corporate Communications, Sirius Computer Solutions
Phone: 503-430-6311; Email: susan(dot)griffin(at)siriuscom(dot)com

About The Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation: Established in December 2006, the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation is aimed at helping children’s charitable organizations in the greater San Antonio area. Recipients of funds include 501(c)(3) public charities that advance children’s education, children’s medical treatment, medical research for illnesses and diseases affecting children, and other children’s charitable purposes. For more information, visit http://www.najimfoundation.org.

Contact Information: Melissa Bauman, Executive Director, The Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation.
Phone: 210.369.0666; Email: Melissa(dot)bauman(at)siriuscom(dot)com.

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