Plural Announces Three Top Management Appointments; Plural Draws Upon 60 Years’ Collective Experience to Build Strength in Key National Markets

Plural Announces Three Top Management Appointments; Plural Draws Upon 60 Years’ Collective Experience to Build Strength in Key National Markets

Business Editors

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 12, 2001

Plural, Inc., an eBusiness consulting and development firm, today announced the appointment of three senior executives to its management team.

Ray Strecker has been named senior vice president of the Tri-State Region; Lee Morgan, senior vice president of the East Region; and Robert Dean, senior vice president of the West Region. Messrs. Strecker, Morgan, and Dean have overall responsibility for managing business in their respective markets and driving the firm’s growth strategy forward.

“We are very fortunate to have Ray, Lee and Bob join our team. Collectively, they bring 60 years of experience in successfully building and managing IT professional services organizations,” said Neil Isford, President and CEO of Plural. These moves to strengthen the senior management team are part of the firm’s strategic plan to grow the business by more effectively managing resources across eight U.S. offices and increasing the focus on long-term client partnerships.

Ray Strecker is responsible for all of Plural’s clients in the Tri-State Region, (including New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey), and the operations of the firm’s offices in New York City and Stamford, CT. He joins Plural after 22 years with American Management Systems (AMS), an international business and information technology consulting firm. In recent assignments, he was co-manager of AMS’s wholesale and investment banking practice for North America, founded that group’s eFinance practice, and led delivery for a joint venture between AMS and several global banks that allows institutions to leverage the internet and outsource international trade operations. Strecker played a major role in building AMS’s business with wholesale and investment banks over many years, founding and leading practices in Year 2000, risk management, and trade finance. He has extensive management consulting and engagement leadership experience with dozens of major financial institutions around the world. Strecker’s deep experience in financial services compliments Plural’s Wall Street heritage and supports the firm’s goals of broadening its reach with other financial and insurance companies.

Lee Morgan, who joins from IBM Global Services, leads Plural’s operations in the East Region, comprising the firm’s Boston, Washington, DC and Atlanta offices. In addition to his regional duties, Morgan is responsible for Plural’s cross-industry solutions national practices: eBusiness Strategy, User Experience Services, CRM, and Enterprise Collaboration & Content Management, and the development of Plural’s telecommunications solutions efforts. In his previous role at IBM Global Services, Morgan led its $150M+ CRM services area for the industrial sector. Also at IBM, he led the e-business services efforts for the distribution sector, which included companies in the retail, consumer packaged goods, travel and transportation, and wholesale distribution industries. Prior to IBM, Morgan spent 10 years with Lotus, where he was the General Manager of Lotus Consulting for the Americas, a $75-million, 300-person operation. Morgan also spent two years as Director of Lotus Consulting Europe based in the UK, and was responsible for World Wide Services for Notes Public Networks, enabling the large telco’s with Notes as a network service.

Robert Dean has been appointed to direct business for the West Region, which includes Plural’s Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco offices. Dean comes to Plural from Gibson & Associates, where he served as the chief executive responsible for managing the start-up and growth of that company’s U.K. and European consulting operation. Prior to this position, he led supply chain management for IBM Global Services, overseeing the worldwide development and deployment of management consulting and system integration services across multiple industries. As a part of that effort, Dean grew revenue from $20 million to $250 million, and created one of IBM’s largest and most effective knowledge networks, with more than 2,500 participants globally. Prior to IBM, Dean was Director of Operations, Sales and Services for ENCOMPASS, an international networking and consulting service firm specializing in freight shipment information exchange. He also spent seven years at Digital where his responsibilities included building their software services business.

About Plural:

Plural is an eBusiness consulting and development firm that helps industry-leading clients increase enterprise efficiencies, strengthen customer relationships, and capitalize on new markets. The firm’s heritage lies in its delivery of innovative and complex technology solutions, particularly on the Microsoft platform, and unrivaled depth of knowledge in select industries including, financial services, telecommunications, media and entertainment, professional services, and distribution. Plural works with best-in-class partners to help clients increase competitive.

Founded in 1989, Plural has delivered more than 1,500 business critical solutions, with 30% of the Fortune 100 companies leveraging Plural-built systems. The firm is headquartered in New York City with eight offices in major cities across the US. The firm’s clientele includes Chase Manhattan Bank, Credit Suisse First Boston, FleetBoston Financial, KPMG, Merrill Lynch & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co., Nasdaq, PanAmSat, Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, Qwest, and ValueVision International, Inc., among others. Visit us at www.plural.com.

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