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SBC Communications President William M. Daley Named World Standards Day 2002 Honorary Chair and Ron Brown Award Recipient

New York, Jul 12, 2002

Representatives of the U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee announced today that William M. Daley, president of SBC Communications, will serve as the honorary chairman and the recipient of the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award during a special exhibition, reception and dinner on Wednesday, October 16 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, D.C. headquarters.

The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. Daley's participation in the U.S. celebration of World Standards Day symbolizes this year's theme, "Standards Mean Business," and recognizes SBC's commitment to openness and due process in standards development for the telecommunications industry in the United States and worldwide. As president of SBC Communications, Daley is responsible for the strategic planning, regulatory matters, governmental initiatives, external affairs and international affairs corporate-wide. Daley served as Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton from January 1997 to June 2000.

The award Daley will receive was named to honor former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown, who died in a plane crash while on a trade mission to Central Europe. Previous recipients include chief executives from corporations including Deere & Company, Marriott Corporation, Tenneco, Boeing, Ameritech, Amp Inc. and Motorola and federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The annual U.S. celebration is organized by a planning committee consisting of representatives from industry, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The group is co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); the 2002 Administrating Organization is the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).

"The U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee, and ATIS as the Administrating Organization, is honored to have William Daley serve as the honorary chairman," said Susan Miller, ATIS president and CEO. "[He] is a recognized leader in the areas of business, technology and standards. His commitment to incorporating technology standards in the business practices for SBC Communications will help promote the role of national and international standards in eliminating global barriers to trade and enhancing U.S. competitiveness.

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