|[February 28, 2013]
Rudy Giuliani and Ray Kurzweil to Keynote JDA FOCUS 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --(Business Wire)--
Software Group, Inc., The Supply Chain Company®,
today announced that Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of New York City (1993 -
2001), and Ray Kurzweil, one of the world's leading inventors, thinkers
and futurists, will keynote JDA FOCUS 2013, May 5-8 at the Orlando World
Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center. Kurzweil will speak Monday,
May 6, with Giuliani scheduled for Tuesday, May 7.
"A culture of entrepreneurial innovation and empowered leadership are
the hallmarks of any great company, which is why we proudly welcome Rudy
Giuliani and Ray Kurzweil to FOCUS this year," said JDA Chief
Executive Officer Hamish Brewer. "FOCUS attendees from a broad cross
section of industries, regions and professions come to FOCUS to be
inspired and learn how they can make a difference within their own
companies. Rudy Giuliani and Ray Kurzweil possess the ideas, expertise
and world view that will plant the seeds of possibility, allowing them
to envision new paths to success through innovation and leadership, and
make a difference within their own companies and careers. We are very
much looking forward to having them share their ideas and experiences
Rudy Giuliani brings a wealth of leadership experience and executive
know-how to the FOCUS main stage. Dubbed the "Mayor of the World" and
named Person of the Year by Time Magazine following the attacks
on New York on September 11, 2001, Giuliani was lauded for his bravery
and leadership during some of America's darkest days.
In his two terms as New York mayor, Giuliani implemented the largest and
most successful welfare-to-work initiative in the country, and reduced
crime by 56 percent, making New York the safest large city in America
according to the FBI. A former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District
of New York, Giuliani spearheaded successful efforts against organized
crime, white-collar criminals, drug dealers and corrupt elected
officials. Few U.S. Attorneys in history can match his record of more
than 4,000 convictions.
Drawing on his experience of turning a city described as ungovernable
into a city that is now a worldwide example of good government and
effective management, Giuliani was recognized in spring 2002 as
"Consultant of the Year" by Consulting magazine. His company,
Giuliani Partners, is a leader in strategic consulting, emergency
preparedness and leadership. He is a partner in the international law
firm Bracewell & Giuliani, and in 2008 ran for the Republican nomination
for President of the United States.
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's leading inventors, thinkers and
futurists, with a 30-year track record of accurate predictions. Called
"the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and
"the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine,
Kurzweil was selected s one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc.
magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison."
PBS selected him as one of the "sixteen revolutionaries who made
Kurzweil was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner,
the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first
print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech
synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand
piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially
marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.
Kurzweil is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was
inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds 19 honorary
doctorates, and has received honors from three U.S. presidents. He has
written seven books, five of which have been national best sellers. He
was recently appointed director of engineering at Google (News - Alert).
Executives and professionals from the manufacturing, wholesale
distribution, transportation and logistics, hospitality and retail
industries will attend FOCUS to share insights into innovations and
leading practices, and explore business process planning improvements,
thereby driving cost efficiencies and maximizing ROI.
Attendees can network with industry peers, JDA solution experts, supply
chain thought leaders and technology partners to gain insights on common
challenges. Additionally, attendees can learn how JDA's best-in-class
supply chain, retail merchandising, store operations and all-channel
commerce solutions and services are being used at some of the world's
To register today and learn more about FOCUS 2013, please visit http://jda.com/focus
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offers the broadest portfolio of supply chain, retail merchandising,
store operations and all-channel commerce solutions to help companies
manage the flow of goods from raw materials to finished products and
into the hands of consumers. JDA's deep industry expertise and
innovative cloud platform help companies optimize inventory, labor and
customer service levels. As a result, JDA solutions have become the
standard for the world's leading retailers, manufacturers and
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