August 18, 2008

AVIATION WEEK Presents ‘Performance Metrics of Top-Performing Companies’ Management Forum in Ft. Worth on Sept. 16-17

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- AVIATION WEEK will host the Performance Metrics of Top-Performing Companies Management Forum on September 16-17, 2008 at the American Airlines Training & Conference Center in Fort Worth, Texas. In the current volatile marketplace, it is more crucial than ever to understand how top-performing companies stay ahead, what metrics truly matter, and how to accurately determine strengths and weaknesses. Fifty finance, M&A and operations executives, senior managers and analysts will gather to learn how to best use data and metrics to develop leadership strategies, drive improvement, and make critical decisions for long-term financial stability and a stronger competitive edge.

Each year, AVIATION WEEK, the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aerospace and defense (A&D) industries, identifies strong and weak performers in the A&D industry with its Top-Performing Companies study. For the first time, it will share the secrets of the pros in a forum setting, including perspectives from investors and analysts who review key indicators and from the leading companies themselves. Forum participants will have the opportunity to learn directly from those who know the industry inside and out, and those who are already using data and metrics in a meaningful way to significantly impact their organizations' bottom-lines.

Keynote speaker Clay Jones, CEO of Rockwell Collins, recipient of this year's top-performing company distinction in the $1-5 billion category, will explain his company's "Lean Electronics" approach that focuses on maximizing new technologies. Leaders from Boeing, Curtiss-Wright Controls, D.A. Davidson, L.M. Dulye & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rolls-Royce, and Thomas Group will also share best practices for measuring performance to drive efficiency, maximize cash flow, and achieve a competitive advantage. Interactive roundtables will give attendees peer-to-peer insights and provide an in-depth look at difficult-to-define, non-financial metrics.

Forum attendees can also test-drive AVIATION WEEK's new Top-Performing Companies Benchmarking Tool to conduct real-time comparisons and analysis. For current Top-Performing Companies ranking tables and related articles, visit .

Performance Metrics is produced by AVIATION WEEK Management Forums, with support from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. PricewaterhouseCoopers is a gold sponsor, and Thomas Group is the lunch sponsor. Additional information and registration are available at, or by calling +1-800-240-7645 or +1-212-904-3195. Register by August 22 for a discount. Special rates apply for government, military, airlines, partners, sponsors and groups of three or more.


AVIATION WEEK, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, and includes the publications Aviation Week & Space Technology, Defense Technology International, Business & Commercial Aviation, Overhaul & Maintenance, ShowNews, Aviation Daily, The Weekly of Business Aviation, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report and the World Aerospace Database. The group's website,, offers the industry's most reliable news, information, search and online community tools. Premium content services include the Aviation Week Intelligence Network, MRO Prospector, and the new Top-Performing Companies Benchmarking Tool. The group also produces prominent conferences, exhibitions and management forums around the world.

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