MEMPHIS, TN – December 21, 2012 – IDG's Computerworld has named Tamara Payne, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at FedEx Services, as a 2013 Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree. This year’s Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative solutions to business challenges and effective management of IT strategies.

"The Premier 100 awards program showcases the exceptional work of a dedicated group of senior IT leaders who are driving huge change in their organizations," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Every day, these exemplary business leaders make strategic technology decisions that track to their organizations' top priorities. These men and women keep a keen eye on the changing landscape of political, economic, regulatory and technology trends that are driving significant shifts in IT. We are very pleased to recognize the leadership and achievements of the 2013 Premier 100 honorees."

Payne, who joined FedEx in 1984, was recognized for her leadership in expanding global enterprise systems and ensuring the deployment of quality software to the marketplace. She is responsible for the strategic roadmap of integrated business applications for FedEx operating companies, and she ensures the development and deployment of enterprise technology solutions that power the combined sales, marketing and administrative functions needed to support the business.

“Being named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013 is quite an honor for me. At FedEx Services, we strive to push the envelope when it comes to providing technologically-advanced, innovative and creative business solutions for our customers,” Payne said. “This award is a testament to the talented, driven and flexible team I have the pleasure of leading, and is proof that hard work will be rewarded.”

Payne has held a variety of positions within the FedEx IT organization, including an assignment in Asia-Pacific where she built the Singapore Data Center and call centers in Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan and China.  In her role as Vice-President of FedEx.com, she was responsible for the development, deployment and support of competitively superior solutions that enhance the global power of the FedEx portfolio with a focus on customer service.

Payne and other Premier 100 honorees and their achievements will be highlighted in the February 25, 2013 issue of Computerworld, on Computerworld.com and recognized during the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference in March.

About the Premier 100

The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations 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. 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