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SAE International Executive Vice President/COO Morris Announces Retirement

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 5, 2008 - SAE International’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Raymond A. Morris will retire April 30, 2008.

“Leading the staff of SAE International has been the high point of my career,” said Morris, who was appointed Executive Vice President in 2002. “It’s a privilege to serve SAE’s outstanding global membership and a pleasure to work alongside our dedicated staff. In addition, I have enjoyed the support of a fine board of directors.”

“Throughout his 34-year tenure, Ray Morris always demonstrated a genuine concern for the bests interests of SAE International. His contributions to our Society are numerous and significant,” said Richard O. Schaum, 2007 SAE President.

Morris, a graduate of Robert Morris University and a Certified Association Executive (CAE), notes that his immediate focus is on executing a seamless executive transition. “It’s an honor to serve this organization and I want to help ensure its successful future, so I will do all I can to work closely with David Schutt, our new Executive Vice President and COO-elect to ensure a smooth changeover.”

Morris, who also serves as President of the Performance Review Institute (PRI), has lead SAE International through some of its most significant milestones in the Society’s history, including its 100th anniversary in 2005 and a formal name change (SAE International was known as the Society of Automotive Engineers until 2006).

Among Morris’ numerous honors are:

·         1990 – Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives' Outstanding Association Executive;

·         1993 – Presented by the SAE staff, inaugural Joe Gilbert Award;

·         2004 – SAE Foundation Award for Visionary Leadership;

·         2007 – Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of , Non-Profit CEO Communicator of the Year.

Morris also was formerly on the boards for the Automotive Hall of Fame, the American National Standards Institute and the International Federation of Automobile Engineering Societies Council, where he served as Vice President. Morris is a past president of the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives; he currently serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, America On Wheels Museum and the Doyle Center .

A supporter of SAE's global activities, Morris has traveled to more than 35 nations to meet members.

“My wife Ginger and I have enjoyed traveling the world and meeting people of all cultures, but ultimately, I am a Pittsburgher, and I love my hometown,” said Morris, a life-long resident of the North Hills area.

A high-res photograph of Morris is available at http://pr.sae.org/execphotos.htm

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