President George W. Bush Appoints Microsoft Representative to President’s Information and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC)

REDMOND, Wash., May 13, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. is pleased to announce that Microsoft®
SQL Server (TM) architect Pedro Celis has been appointed by President George W. Bush to serve a two-year term on the President’s Information and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). The 25-member committee comprises leading information infrastructure experts from industry and academia who will provide the president with expert, independent advice on maintaining U.S. pre-eminence in advanced information technologies, including such important elements of the national IT infrastructure as high-performance computing, large-scale networking, and high-assurance software and systems design.

“Microsoft is honored and excited to have Pedro Celis appointed by the president to his Information and Technology Advisory Committee,”
said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of the Server Platform Division at Microsoft.
“Pedro is a leader and visionary at Microsoft and one who clearly shares our passion for helping people realize their potential through technology. He will surely play an integral role on this committee and will serve as a valued resource to this administration.”

PITAC was established by executive order and is chartered by Congress under the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 (P. L. 102–194) and the Next Generation Internet Research Act of 1998 (P. L. 105–305). PITAC will help guide the administration’s efforts to accelerate the development and adoption of information technologies vital for U.S. prosperity in the 21st century.

The complete membership of PITAC can be found in the White House announcement of PITAC appointments at

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