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Defining the Most Innovative Ideas in Finance and Strategy

The Corporate Executive Board Issues a Call for Groundbreaking Ideas

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 18, 2008--The economic climate is making ingenuity more desirable than ever. Appreciation is due to those industry leaders who can, in these turbulent times, turn limited funds and resources into groundbreaking practices that add real value to their businesses.

The Corporate Executive Board (NASDAQ: EXBD) is pleased to introduce its new recognition program, the Force of Ideas Awards. The Corporate Executive Board Force of Ideas Awards is the first program that certifies executives, functional teams, and engaged consulting houses for standard-setting responses to organizational challenges affecting corporate finance and strategy executives worldwide.

The Corporate Executive Board Force of Ideas Awards is now seeking submissions. Practicing professionals and teams in relevant areas of expertise may enter up to three practices in each of the following categories: Strategic Risk Management, Business and Product Portfolio Strategy, and Refocusing Audit during a Downturn. An elite team comprising Corporate Executive Board analysts, member executives from relevant fields, and a specialist from the media will evaluate the entries. Not only will award winners enjoy a place of esteem among their peers--the attention given to their innovative practices will ensure their ingenuity promotes their professional community.

While an emphasis on specific practices and competencies differentiates the Force of Ideas awards from standard broad-based achievement programs, the Force of Ideas has a tangible worth all its own. "It's really more than an award," said Scott Bohannon, General Manager of the Corporate Executive Board's finance advisory services. "There's incredible value in the dialogue that occurs as we vet each practice and present the finalists to leading boardroom decision makers. We're enabling financial executives to elevate their trade, improve organizational performance, and groom the next generation of leaders in the field."

CFOs and other executives who wish to apply for the awards should visit the Corporate Executive Board's Force of Ideas on the Web at

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