PITTSBURGH, PA- The 2004 Tony Coelho Award will be presented to Paul Cofoni, corporate vice president and president of Computer Sciences Corporation's (NYSE: CSC) Federal Sector business unit. The award ceremony will be held Dec. 9 at CSC's Federal Sector headquarters in Falls Church, Va.
The award was named after the Honorable Tony Coelho, former congressman and principal author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. This award is presented annually to a chief executive officer, president, or government leader who has demonstrated a significant commitment to employ people with disabilities in competitive positions, and worked to influence other business and/or government leaders. Bender Consulting Services Inc. (Bender Consulting ) sponsors this award to honor the work of Tony Coelho and his civil rights leadership for people with disabilities.
This year marks the second time a CSC executive has won the Tony Coelho Award. The first recipient of the ward was Russ Owen, currently president of CSC's Global Infrastructure Services organization. Bender Consulting has worked with CSC to employ qualified candidates since 1998.
"Paul Cofoni has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to hiring talented employees through fair and ethical practices," said Joyce Bender, president and chief executive officer of Bender Consulting . "His efforts in providing competitive employment to Americans with disabilities are unparalleled."
Prior to his current position, Mr. Cofoni was president of CSC's Technology Management Group (TMG) for a three-year period. From 1991 through March 1998, Mr. Cofoni was vice president of TMG's Eastern Region, servicing more than 40 outsourcing clients.
Before joining CSC, Mr. Cofoni had a 17-year career with General Dynamics, serving in a variety of positions including vice president of information technology (IT) services for General Dynamics' East Coast business units and vice president of IT services for West Coast business units. Mr. Cofoni served as an officer in the United States Army from 1970 to 1974. He received a BS in mathematics from the University of Rhode Island in 1970 and attended the MIT Sloan School program for senior executives in the fall of 1989.
Mr. Cofoni is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), and The Business Roundtable (BRT). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), Professional Services Council (PSC), and National Science Center (NSC).
About CSC Founded in 1959, Computer Sciences Corporation is a leading global IT services company. CSC's mission is to provide customers in industry and government with solutions crafted to meet their specific challenges and enable them to profit from the advanced use of technology.
With approximately 91,000 employees, CSC provides innovative solutions for customers around the world by applying leading technologies and CSC's own advanced capabilities. These include systems design and integration; IT and business process outsourcing; applications software development; Web and application hosting; and management consulting. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., CSC reported revenue of $15.3 billion for the 12 months ended Oct. 1, 2004. For more information, visit the company's Web site at CSC.
Bender Consulting creates employment opportunities for professionals with disabilities in information technology, engineering, finance/accounting, human resources and general business areas. Incorporated in 1995, Bender Consulting is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Click here for more information on Bender Consulting . To nominate a business leader for the 2005 Tony Coelho Award, contact Joyce Bender.