Former Lincoln-Mercury executive returns to tech roots at EDS

PLANO, TX: Former Lincoln-Mercury director of communications Tom Mattia is returning to the world of technology, joining EDS on Thursday as VP of global communications.

PLANO, TX: Former Lincoln-Mercury director of communications Tom Mattia is returning to the world of technology, joining EDS on Thursday as VP of global communications.

PLANO, TX: Former Lincoln-Mercury director of communications Tom

Mattia is returning to the world of technology, joining EDS on Thursday

as VP of global communications.



Mattia, a 30-year veteran of journalism and PR, will be installed atop

a highly evolved PR organization - a far cry from his relatively small

but well-regarded communications team at Lincoln-Mercury. At EDS, he

will lead a staff of 70 PR pros around the world, with seven direct

reports.



’Technology is the hottest sector in the global market, and I can’t

think of a company better positioned to leverage that sector than EDS,’

Mattia said. ’I’m happy to be coming back to my technology roots.’



Mattia, a 51-year-old native of Newark, NJ, worked for a string of

small East Coast dailies for a decade before moving into the world of

politics to lead Jimmy Carter’s presidential push in Vermont. He then

spent 10 years at IBM, where he wrote the original press packet for the

company’s PCs. He arrived at Ford (Lincoln-Mercury’s parent) in 1995,

serving as head of international public affairs before his elevation

into the top communications slot.



Founded by Ross Perot, EDS reported worldwide revenues of dollars 18.5

billion in 1999 and boasts over 115,000 employees.



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