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Willems Announces Retirement from SAE International after 33 Years

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 29, 2007 - After more than 33 years of service, Antenor "Will" Willems is retiring from SAE International. His retirement is effective July 31.

Willems is Executive Director for SAE, a position he has held since 2002. Currently, he is responsible for Publishing and Magazines, Membership, Sponsorships and Exhibits.

Prior to serving as Executive Director, Willems served as Manager of the Publications Division and Director of the Publications Group for SAE. He has spearheaded many important initiatives at SAE, including implementing electronic publishing, starting a book publishing program, developing several new magazines and migrating many products to online delivery.

"I have many wonderful memories of my years with SAE," Willems said. "It has been a pleasure and honor to watch SAE grow into a truly global organization and to see our products and services reflect the tremendous growth in technology during my tenure. But it is the people I have met and worked with that I will remember most. I have many friends and colleagues that have made my career pleasant and memorable."

Willems was one of the original staff members who made the trip when SAE moved its headquarters from New York City to Warrendale, Pa., in 1974. Raymond A. Morris, who now serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, began his career with SAE at that same time. He has known Willems as a colleague and a friend.

"Will has served as a mentor and inspiration for many people during his time with SAE, including myself," Morris said. "Through his talent and vision, he has helped position SAE to be successful globally for far into the future. He will be missed around the hallways of SAE, but his legacy will continue for a long, long time."

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