GXS and DHL Host Anniversary at EDIFICE 97th Plenary

Sunbury, United Kingdom — May 31, 2006 — GXS™, a leading provider of global business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, will be hosting the 20th anniversary plenary focused on ‘B2B Reality in Growth Economies’ along with its customer, DHL, at EDIFICE 97th Plenary. GXS’ industry experts will be presenting four sessions at the conference on the following topics: key growth markets within the global supply chain, supply chain dynamics within emerging markets, progress and adoption of industry standards and critical success factors for China.

Bobby Patrick, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at GXS, states, “The opportunities for growth across emerging markets are immense. However, with such opportunity comes potential complexity. Companies are faced with a myriad of suppliers, customers, languages, standards, regulations and technologies as they attempt to navigate the global supply chain. With our valued customer, DHL, and EDIFICE our sessions will help to guide companies to overcome such complexities and realise the advantages of the global marketplace.”

Markus Irniger, Head of Customer Integration Services at DHL, added: “From our own experience, we know the impact effective B2B integration can have on businesses’ effectiveness and efficiency. By utilising the GXS Trading Grid® as one of our standard platforms, we have opened up our global customer gateway Teaming together at EDIFICE to host the 20th anniversary plenary makes perfect sense as we can provide delegates with different yet complementary insights into how to manage expansion into global markets in a way that makes most sense for their business.”

The details of GXS’ sessions are as follows:

Who Bobby Patrick, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, GXS
What On-Demand Supply Chain Management (SCM) – examining outsourcing and Software-as-a-Service trends, and a discussion of its impact on growth markets and supply chains around the world.
When Wednesday 31st May, 11.00 – 11.45

 

Who Leo Yeung, director, solution consulting, GXS Asia-Pacific
What B2B Standardisation Reality in China – first-hand look at which standards are being used in China to compare and contrast with adoption and growth projections in other high growth markets in Asia, such as Japan and Taiwan
When Wednesday 31st May, 15.30 – 16.15

 

Who Ryan Kraudel, global product and industry marketing, GXS
What Front line B2B: The Impact of High Growth Markets on Global Value Chains – overview of growth markets including Brazil, Russia India and China, and B2B market trends such as the emergence of demand-driven supply chains. Examination of the impact such trends have on global value chains and what it means for companies in the high tech space.
When Thursday 1st June, 09.00 – 09.45

 

Who Leo Yeung, director, solution consulting, GXS Asia-Pacific
What Logistics in China: Critical success factors – overview of logistics trends in China and real-world examples to outline the business issues faced. Companies profiled will include Sai Cheng, Sinotrans, China Ocean Shipping Company and Orient Overseas Container Line.
When Thursday 1st June, 09.45 – 10.30

Theo Klaassen, B2B programs manager, Texas Instruments, and EDIFICE vice-chair, said: “Our priority is to ensure our members are educated and prepared for the huge opportunities they face for growth in emerging markets. We believe this will be achieved through clear best practice guidelines and a standardisation framework. Both GXS and DHL are pioneers in this field and will be able to provide our members with the knowledge and practical experience to bolster their efforts.”

With more than 35 year experience, GXS delivers standards-based supply chain solutions and services that enable a company – regardless of its size, location or technical sophistication – to become ‘demand-driven’. Emerging markets, global sourcing and environmental regulations are driving significant changes in the high tech sector. From conducting RosettaNet-based transactions or improving visibility of contract manufacturing operations to becoming compliant with new legislation or outsourcing B2B e-commerce programmes, GXS enables customers to take advantage of B2B e-commerce opportunities and to maximise the performance of their supply chains.

A full biography of each of GXS’ expert speakers follows:

Bobby Patrick, senior vice president and chief marketing officer
Bobby Patrick is senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO) at GXS. In this role, Mr. Patrick oversees the strategic direction and positioning of GXS, including corporate strategy, global marketing, product development and corporate communications. Since Mr. Patrick joined GXS, the company has earned leadership distinction in Gartner’s coveted Magic Quadrant™ and Forrester Research’s Forrester Wave™. Mr. Patrick focuses on boosting GXS and the Trading Grid® integration services platform as the strategic foundation for global B2B integration, synchronisation and collabouration.

Mr. Patrick joined GXS after serving as CMO at Digex Incorporated acquired by MCI in 2003. Prior to that position, Mr. Patrick held a variety of senior management roles at Digex, including vice president of Strategy, Business Development and Product Management. Before joining Digex in 1996, Mr. Patrick was a senior consultant for Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) where he managed software development projects for telecommunications industry. Prior to Anderson, he worked for the FBI as a senior computer specialist, managing information systems and networks. He has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from George Mason University, USA.

Leo Yeung, director, solution consulting, GXS Asia-Pacific
Leo Yeung is director of solution consulting for GXS in Asia-Pacific and is based in Hong Kong. Leo has been with GXS for 8 years in roles such as Business Consulting, Marketing and Product Management. Leo is a representative on the steering committee of RosettaNet China, the China Supply Chain Council, China Logistics Association and the Standard Advisory Group of the DTTN (a government endorsed e-logistics platform in Hong Kong).

Before joining GXS, Leo worked in the logistics area for many years serving major transportation companies including Norasia Lines and Orient Overseas Contain Lines. Leo has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HK Baptist University (Hong Kong), a master’s degree in international management from Baylor University (US) and a master’s degree in IT management from Staffordshire University (UK).

Ryan Kraudel, global product and industry marketing, GXS
Ryan Kraudel is global product and industry marketing manager at GXS. Ryan leads marketing for GXS Managed Services, GXS’ B2B outsourcing offering, which saw nearly 30 percent customer growth in 2004 and 2005. Ryan also leads GXS’ strategic direction and positioning in the high tech industry and serves on the RosettaNet Champion Council. Prior to joining GXS, Ryan worked in a variety of marketing and strategy roles in the high tech sector, including webMethods, Check Point Software, BMC Software, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and several start-up companies. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a master’s in business administration from the University of Maryland.

About GXS
GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collabouration. Organisations worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage the GXS Trading Grid® to achieve the perfect balance between supply and demand. Active in the global standards arena, GXS enables customers both large and small, to connect with global partners, synchronise product information, optimise inventory levels and demand forecasts and accelerate the execution of supply chains.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS provides sales and support to businesses and their partners worldwide. For more information visit our Web site at www.gxs.co.uk

About EDIFICE
EDIFICE represents the majority of the European electronics industry and is recognised as such by other organisations. It is a forum to be educated in B2B processes and technologies and also avail of the knowledge and experiences of other member companies. EDIFICE provides an opportunity to contribute to the direction and evolution of B2B Standards and processes that will benefit the industry.

Visit the EDIFICE home page at www.edifice.org

About DHL
DHL is the global market leader in international express, overland transport and air freight. It is also the world’s number 1 in ocean freight and contract logistics. DHL offers a full range of customised solutions – from express document shipping to supply chain management.

For further information please contact:
Louise Matthews, Harvard Public Relations Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8759 0005 / +44 (0) 7909 524 426 Email: gxs@harvard.co.uk

Denise Oakley, Director, Marketing Programmes International, GXS
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 776408 / +44 (0) 7768 537 481 Email: denise.oakley@gxs.com