FAO Today Magazine Announces 2008 FAO Today Awards Nominees

EDISON, NJ--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - FAO Today Magazine today announced its nominees in seven categories for the FAO Today Awards, which will be announced at the annual FAO Summit June 3 at the Union League Club in New York City. Each year for the past four, FAO Today Magazine has recognized the FAO Superstars, leaders in the $39 billion Finance and Administrative Outsourcing sector in its pages. In 2008, FAO Today starts the tradition of recognizing the best in each of seven categories of FAO industry leader with the FAO Today Awards. Crossing Media CEO Elliot Clark and FAO Today Publisher Jay Whitehead will announce the Award winners in each category in a formal presentation at cocktails on the evening of June 3 at the FAO Summit. More information on the FAO Summit agenda can be found at www.FAOSummit.com.

"Nominees for the Awards have been assembled from among FAO Today's 2008 FAO Superstars list," said Crossing Media CEO Elliot Clark, "and the final selections are made by the editorial team at FAO Today Magazine. The Awards each year recognize the individuals whose achievements have furthered the professional practices within the fast-growing FAO segment. We are proud to shine a light on these under-recognized heroes of the Finance community, whose expertise and skill have improved corporate performance beyond measure."

The 2008 slate of nominees is below, listed in random order.

a.  2008 FAO Practitioner of the Year-North America
    a.  Sam Borghese, CEO, Catalina Restaurants
    b.  George Bryan, Vice President, Financial Services, Office Depot
    c.  Jake Farkas, Director Financial & Accounting BPO, Trinity
    d.  Jay Hughes, Vice President & Controller, Unilever USA
    e.  Fillippo Passerini, Chief Information & Global Services
        Officer, P&G
    f.  Dusty Profumo, EVP and CFO, Church's Chicken
    g.  Tom Waller, Head of Global Procurement & PMO, Electronic Arts
b.  2008 FAO Advisors of the Year
    a.  Bob Cecil, EVP & Mark Toon, CEO, Equaterra
    b.  J. Ross Docksey, Partner, Sonnenschein
    c.  Phil Fersht, Research Director, AMR Research
    d.  Karen Ikeda, Partner, Global Finance & Accounting Practice
        Leader, TPI
    e.  Michel Janssen, Managing Director & Wayne Mincey, President,
        The Hackett Group
    f.  Barbara Melby, Partner & Akiba Stern, Partner, Morgan Lewis
    g.  Ben Trowbridge, CEO and President, Alsbridge
    h.  Atul Vashistha, CEO, neoIT
c.  2008 FAO Influencer of the Year
    a.  Ravi Aron, Assistant Professor, Information and Operations
        Management, University of Southern California
    b.  Mark Dzialga, Managing Director, General Atlantic Partners
    c.  Rachel Stormonth, Research Director, Nelson-Hall
    d.  Jane Siegel, Director Carnegie Mellon IT Services Center,
        Carnegie Mellon University
d.  2008 FAO Provider of the Year-Large Enterprise
    a.  Michel de Zeeuw, Vice President, Ritesh Idnani VP and Global
        Sales Head, Amitabh Chaudry, CEO, Infosys
    b.  Gary Budzinski, EVP, HP
    c.  David Kaminski, Vice President Finance & Accounting, Cap
    d.  Tiger Tyagaragan, Executive Vice President, Genpact
    e.  Donniel Schulman, General Manager, Global Finance &
        Administration Solutions, & Chris Gattenio, Vice President,
        MBPS Asset Strategy & F&A Program Management, IBM
e.  2008 FAO Provider of the Year-Middle Market
    a.  Clarence Schmitz, CEO, OPI Global
    b.  Ashok BIldikar, President, Caliber Point Business Solutions
    c.  Jeff Bizzack, President, Mid-Market Services, Accenture
f.  2008 FAO Provider of the Year-Selective Process
    a.  Leon Busch, President & CEO & Robert Stasik, EVP, Head of
        Payments Solutions & Investor Services Sector, SourceNet Solutions
    b.  Randolph Altschuler,  Co-President & Joseph Sigelman,
        Co-President, Office Tiger (An RR Donnelley Company)
    c.  Gregg Mylett, President, Corporate United
    d.  Carl Guarino, CEO, ICG Commerce
    e.  Chris Stone, CEO, Northgate/Arinso
    f.  David Andrews, CEO, Xchanging
g.  2008 FAO Thought Leader of the Year
    a.  Wayne Mincey, President, The Hackett Group
    b.  Akiba Stern, Partner, Morgan Lewis
    c.  Clarence Schmitz, CEO, OPI Global
    d.  Dr. Christian Baader, VP BPO Strategy & Market Development,
    e.  Tiger Tyagaragan, President, Genpact
    f.  Amitabh Chaudry, CEO, Infosys

About Crossing Media, FAO Summit & FAO Today

FAO Summit and FAO Today are properties of Crossing Media, the global leader in B2B Conference, Content and Community media in the HR, Finance and Accounting and Corporate Responsibility professions. Crossing Media magazine titles and online properties include FAO Today (faotoday.com), HRO Today (hrotoday.com), HRO Europe (hroeurope.com), CRO Magazine (thecro.com). Its conference titles include CRO Conference, HRO World Europe, FAO Summit, RPO Summit. It manages communities including the HRO Association, The CRO and Finance Forum, in North America and Europe. More about Crossing Media can be accessed at crossingmedia.com.

Contact Information: Media Contact: Jay Whitehead Publisher FAO Today JWhitehead@CrossingMedia.com 732-476-6160 ext 104