Samuel Starr, Sterling Commerce CEO, Dies After Brief Hospitalization

COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samuel Starr, president and CEO of Sterling Commerce, passed away on December 31, 2006 after a brief hospitalization.

“This is a very sad day for the Sterling family”

Starr had been admitted to the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus on December 24 with a sudden, serious illness. Tragically, despite the care of an extraordinary and dedicated medical team, he did not recover.

Bob Irwin, the companys SVP Global Sales, has been appointed the Acting President and CEO of Sterling Commerce.

Starr, age 47, joined Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) subsidiary, in 2000. Under his leadership, the company has enjoyed tremendous growth to become one of the worlds largest providers of multi-enterprise collaboration software and services. Before being named CEO, Starr served as Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, research and development, customer support and technology services. Prior to that time, he served as the companys Chief Delivery Officer.

Starrs background included more than 20 years of executive experience with development, systems engineering, consulting, systems architecture, hardware/software solutions and technology planning. Before joining Sterling Commerce in 2000, Starr held key leadership roles at Bank One Corporation and Claremont Technology Group Inc. He was an alumnus of The Ohio State University.

Sterling's executive team has continued normal operations since Starrs hospitalization. The company does not anticipate any effect on the development or delivery of any products or services to its customers, or on any ongoing acquisition discussions.

This is a very sad day for the Sterling family, said Ray Wilkins, chairman of the board of Sterling Commerce. We were all privileged to work with Sam. Fortunately, one of Sams greatest legacies is the strong executive team he put in place, which means the company will continue on the path he set.

Starr leaves behind his wife, Mary Ellen, and six children: Maggie, Hannah, Eliza, Jack, Isaac, and Abraham. A service of remembrance will be held at the Columbus Athenaeum, 32 North 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2007. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Starrs memory to The Columbus Jewish Foundation, 1175 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43209.

About Sterling Commerce

Sterling Commerce, a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), has more than 30 years of leadership and expertise in helping FORTUNE 500® customers thrive in a global economy by optimizing the performance of their business communities. With nearly 30,000 customers worldwide, the company is one of the worlds largest providers of multi-enterprise collaboration solutions. Sterling Commerce has unparalleled experience in the retail, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare and telecommunications industries. For detailed, up-to-date information about Sterling Commerce and its solutions, visit


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