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SRI INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES TOP MANAGEMENT CHANGES; WILLIAM SOMMERS APPOINTED PRESIDENT AND CEO

 MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- SRI International announced leadership changes in its top management today. William P. Sommers will become the president and chief executive officer. Sommers will take over the reins at SRI from Paul M. Cook, who has been acting chief executive officer since December 1993. Cook will continue in his role as chairman of the board.
 James F. Gibbons, dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford University since 1984, has been appointed consultant to the chairman of the board responsible for technology planning.
 John M. Kelly will become executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. Kelly had previously been senior vice president and general counsel of Consolidated Freightways Inc.
 William Sommers spent 30 years with Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. in various management roles and rose to senior partner and a director. He served clients in the commercial aircraft, electronics, defense, automotive, chemicals, advanced materials, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, manufacturing, information services and building materials industries in the United States, Europe and Asia. As a senior advisor to top management, Sommers' work ranged from business and technology strategy development to restructuring and cost reduction. In 1992, he took early retirement at Booz-Allen to enter a new health care venture (Iameter Inc.) and to expand his corporate board activities.
 Sommers graduated from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering in 1961. He was awarded MSE and BSE degrees (Mechanical Engineering) in 1955 and 1956 from the University of Michigan. Sommers served on the National Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan College of Engineering from 1986- 1993. He currently serves on the boards of Kemper Mutual Funds, Rohr Inc. and Therapeutic Discovery Co.
 Gibbons graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. degree in 1956. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for postdoctoral research at Cambridge University. As an IEEE Fellow, he has been awarded several prestigious engineering awards and currently serves on the U.S.-Japan Joint High Level Advisory Panel to the President's Science Advisor. He serves as a board member of Lockheed Corp., Raychem Inc., Centigram and Cisco Systems and also serves as a board member and scientific advisor for three start-up ventures.
 Kelly brings more than 25 years of experience in corporate law practice to his position, including a background in general business law as well as mergers and acquisitions, securities, real estate and investments. Prior to joining SRI, Kelly was senior vice president and general counsel at Consolidated Freightways Inc. A native of San Francisco, Kelly received a JD degree in 1965 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, in San Francisco after serving two years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
 SRI International, founded as the Stanford Research Institute in 1946, is one of the world's leading non-profit research organizations. Its laboratories and offices in Menlo Park and throughout the world provide research, development and consulting services for both business organizations and governments.
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