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SBC Communications Honored with Two Ron Brown Leadership Awards


New York, Jul 17, 2002

Within two months, SBC Communications, Inc., an ANSI member, has been named the recipient of two Ron Brown Leadership Awards. The first was recently bestowed for SBC's achievements in the corporate-sector; the other will be presented to its president for outstanding contributions to standardization during a special World Standards Day ceremony in October.

In a recent announcement by The Conference Board, the company was named one of three recipients of the 2002 Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership, the only presidential award recognizing companies for outstanding achievement in employee and community relations. SBC received the award in recognition of its Supplier Diversity Program, which emphasizes the importance of diversity in the supply chain. In 2001, the company spent $2.8 billion with women-, minority- and disabled veteran-owned businesses, which represents 23.5 percent of all spending and the company's highest percentage of diversity procurement to date.

The Commerce Secretary commented on the award's significance, "The recipients…are answering the highest calling in life: a call to public service. They have responded to the needs of their community and their country. They are being honored today because their generosity, determination and vision have given people in need hope and opportunity."

SBC was also honored by representatives of the U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee earlier this week announcing that the company president, William M. Daley, will receive the Ron Brown Award for Standards Leadership. Daley will receive the award in recognition of SBC's commitment to openness and due process in standards development for the telecommunications industry in the U.S. and worldwide. As president, Daley is responsible for the strategic planning, regulatory matters, governmental initiatives, external affairs and international affairs corporate-wide. He also served as Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton from January 1997 to June 2000.

The Brown Award for Standards Leadership will be presented during the 2002 World Standards Day Exhibition, Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, October 16, which will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, D.C. headquarters. Daley will also serve as honorary chairman of the event. [Editor's note: For additional information, please refer to the ANSI Online News story, SBC Communications President William M. Daley Named World Standards Day 2002 Honorary Chair and Ron Brown Award Recipient.]

"As co-chair of the U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee, ANSI is honored to have William Daley serve as the honorary chairman and pleased that he has been named the recipient of the coveted Ron Brown Standards Leadership Award," said Dr. Mark Hurwitz, the Institute's president and CEO. "Under his direction, SBC Communications has proven its commitment to raising the awareness of the importance of standardization in the technology industry."

The awards were 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.

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