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Rich Holada, SPSS CTO, Wins Illinois Technology Association Award

Spotlight Award honors leadership and outstanding contributions to company performance

CHICAGO, 04/27/09

SPSS Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSS), a leading global provider of Predictive Analytics software and solutions, today announced that Rich Holada, Senior Vice President of Technology, was honored with a 2009 CityLIGHTS Award, in the Spotlight Award category, from the Illinois Technology Association (ITA).  The Spotlight Award is given to the chief information officer/chief technology officer for leadership and outstanding contributions to his or her company’s performance. 

The CityLIGHTS Awards, which honor outstanding information technology companies, executives and advocates in Illinois, were presented to the winners at the ITA’s 10th annual CityLIGHTS Gala on April 23, 2009, at Union Station in Chicago. CityLIGHTS is the Midwest’s premier technology-related award event and Illinois’ largest gathering of technology executives in the state.

For the first time in the 10-year history of CityLIGHTS, members of Illinois’ technology community helped determine winners in five of the six award categories, with nearly 1,000 registering to participate and vote.
“The 2009 CityLIGHTS winners are a direct reflection of the high-quality technology companies, executives and advocates making positive change in Illinois,” said ITA President Fred Hoch. “We congratulate Rich and SPSS with this honor. With such a large portion of Illinois’ vibrant technology community casting their vote, he should be proud to be held in such high regard by his peers.”
As Senior Vice President of Technology, Rich’s role is to drive and execute the technological vision of SPSS by creating best-of-breed Predictive Analytics Software – data collection, data mining, text analytics, statistics and deployment. Rich is responsible for managing the SPSS worldwide operations for product strategy, research and development, and technical support. He joined SPSS in November 2006 as Senior Vice President of Research & Development, bringing with him nearly 20 years of diverse experience in the technology industry.
Jack Noonan, SPSS Chairman, President and CEO, said, “With his expansive software research and development background, Rich has created an extremely efficient and productive worldwide development organization that builds quality products and delivers the highest level of satisfaction to our customers worldwide. Rich and the members of his team deserve this great recognition as they continually ensure that SPSS soars to new innovative heights, and each of them represents the strong technology leadership in the state of Illinois.”

About the ITA           
The Illinois Technology Association of more than 550 companies in Illinois that create, deploy and utilize information technology as a core part of their organization. By connecting members with industry peers and participants, providing the latest strategic information, market research and critical market insight and by promoting key thought leaders to raise visibility and gain a greater market awareness and presence, ITA is focused on building and developing the Illinois technology community through collaboration. Additional information is available at www.illinoistech.org.(ITA) represents the interests of a diverse membership.
About SPSS Inc.
SPSS Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSS) is a leading global provider of Predictive Analytics software and solutions. The company’s Predictive Analytics technology improves business processes by giving organizations forward visibility for decisions made every day. By incorporating Predictive Analytics into their daily operations, organizations become Predictive Enterprises – able to direct and automate decisions to meet business goals and achieve a measurable competitive advantage. More than 250,000 public sector, academic and commercial customers rely on SPSS technology to help increase revenue, reduce costs and detect and prevent fraud. Founded in 1968, SPSS is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please visit www.spss.com.