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Contact: Chriss Swaney
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For immediate release:
October 31, 2001

Carnegie Mellon's Heinz School Appoints New Entrepreneurial Leader for Software Industry Center

Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management has named entrepreneur William Guttman to be executive director of the university's new Software Industry Center and a distinguished service professor of economics and technology.

Heinz School Dean Jeffrey Hunker praised the selection of Guttman to head the interdisciplinary center which began in April with a mission to focus on leading-edge developments in the software industry.

"Bill Guttman possesses the ideal combination of expertise in both theory and in practice to establish the Software Industry Center as the world's leading resource center for the software industry and the policy research communities that influence it," Hunker said.

Gurttman replaces Donald J. McGillen, who will devote more time to related information security efforts.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to bring together industry and academia in the software industry," said Guttman, who earned his Ph.D and masters' degree from Balliol College, Oxford University.

Between 1996 and 2001, Guttman built printCafe into one of the top vertical software companies in the United States with 8,000 customer sites in 34 countries. During the same period of time, Guttman raised more than $125 million for the company with initial backing from Menlo Ventures in California and Pittsburgh-based Mellon Ventures.

Prior to working at printCafe, Guttman was a management consultant at Lexicon in Los Angeles, Calif., where he developed a strategy and systems practice serving many of the world's leading media companies including News Corp., Viacom, the Knight-Ridder News Group and Hearst Publications. He also has served as an economist and special adviser to the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

At his new post, Guttman will be responsible for overseeing center work including development of leading edge technology to help workers become more skilled. The center also will develop guidelines to enable small-and-medium-sized enterprises to better exploit rapid advances in information and software technologies. Research will be conducted at Pittsburgh-area engineering and manufacturing companies.

The Software Industry Center features a mix of research scholars from the School of Computer Science, the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, the Software Engineering Institute and the Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

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