Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

October 18, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Hart eCenter will feature EDS Chairman and CEO Dick Brown at its inaugural event on Monday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater on the SMU campus. Brown will present a public lecture titled “Digitization: Managing Society’s Next Great Leap.”

Brown will delve into the issues driving technology, outlining the ways businesses and governments use technology to manage the ever-changing complexities of today’s world. He will discuss how the current environment is driving us forward to realize the full potential of the digital economy and the pivotal role digitization will play in bringing about new modes of efficiency, security and trust.

The lecture is free, but tickets are required. For ticket information, call the Hart eCenter at 214-768-4278.

Brown joined EDS in December 1998 as chairman of the board and chief executive officer. A champion of service excellence, Brown has led EDS to increased revenues each year in his short tenure and has reestablished EDS’ market position in the information technology industry the company founded 40 years ago. He has been in the telecommunications industry for more than 28 years, holding a number of executive-level positions, including chief executive of Cable & Wireless, president and CEO of Illinois Bell and executive vice president of Sprint Corporation. Brown also has been a member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 2000.

“Interactive network technologies have driven major changes in all aspects of human life,” said Hart eCenter Director Peter Raad. “Our ability to manage these changes will determine the extent to which we can extract maximum benefit from evolving technologies while preserving the integrity of our humanity and traditions. Dick Brown is a great agent of change and has demonstrated by his leadership how an enterprise can change its processes while holding true to its ethos. We are truly honored to have Mr. Brown present the inaugural CEO Forum for the Hart eCenter and to speak on such a timely and significant topic.”

The Hart eCenter at SMU, established by a gift from Linda and Mitch Hart, was formed to foster cross-disciplinary and collaborative activities related to the development and use of interactive network technologies such as the Internet, wireless networks and mobile computing. It also is dedicated to understanding the implications of evolving technologies on global society. It is the only universitywide center of its kind at a major research university. Mitch Hart is a co-founder of EDS and also is an SMU trustee. Linda W. Hart is a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law.

For more information on the Hart eCenter, visit its web site at