Mitel's Simon Thompson Named One of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010

OTTAWA, Ontario — December 10, 2009
Mitel's Simon Thompson Named One of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010

Mitel's Simon Thompson Named One of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2010

Company's vice-president of information systems recognized for exceptional technology leadership

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This year's Premier 100 spotlights the top IT leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership, innovative ideas to business challenges, and effectively managed IT strategies.

"The Premier 100 awards program shines a spotlight on the best of IT leadership and innovation," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Despite a tough economy, these senior IT leaders are seizing this rare moment to steer measured growth, embark on innovative pilots, and build loyalty in their most valued workers. We're pleased to honor the achievements of these 100 men and women who epitomize calm and steady IT leadership."

Simon is responsible for all information technology and systems across Mitel globally. Since Mitel's acquisition of Inter-Tel, Simon has led the IT department through the successful integration of the companies' business processes and technologies. Additionally, he has led his team through the consolidation and virtualization of data centers to a centralized model including virtualized Mitel real-time applications and the virtualized Mitel Communications Director, the core voice IP platform. With this initiative, Mitel is reducing the number of operational data centers and cutting traditional data center costs in half.

One of the most notable IT strategies is the Mitel@Mitel program. This initiative allows the IT organization to easily deploy Mitel communications software applications to employees globally providing operational advantages, increasing productivity, and improving customer service.

"Mitel continues to streamline its processes to make it easier for our customers and partners to do business with us," says Steve Spooner, CFO, Mitel "Simon has been the driving force behind many innovative, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly IT initiatives using Mitel solutions as the basis, resulting in significant cost savings and improved employee efficiencies. Simon clearly demonstrates leadership and vision and this award is well-deserved recognition of his achievements."

The complete class of 2009 Premier 100 honorees is available in the December 7, 2009, issue of Computerworld. To view the entire list online, visit:  http://www.computerworld.com/spring/p100/2010/1

About the Premier 100:
The Premier 100 was first created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organization through technology. These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year nominees are invited to complete a survey that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld’s IT Leader Index and using the data from the index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of the IT Leader, we analyze the data. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous honorees can be viewed at:  http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9065479/Premier_100_IT_Leaders

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide.  Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (http://www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,059,000 readers each issue (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2009). Computerworld is published by International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event company. Company information is available at   http://www.idg.com.

About Mitel

Mitel delivers flexibility and simplicity in smart unified communications solutions and applications for organizations of all sizes. Combined with a full range of managed services that include voice and data network design and traffic provisioning, custom application development, and attractive financing options, Mitel is reinventing how successful organizations gain competitive advantage by easily collaborating and communicating over distance and time with customers, colleagues and partners. Mitel's (www.mitel.com/) US headquarters are in Phoenix, Arizona. Global headquarters are in Ottawa, Canada, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.

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