Northern California Ernst & Young Recognizes Thomas M. Siebel as ''Master Entrepreneur of the Year - 2003''

Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of The Year Awards
SAN MATEO, Calif.--()--June 23, 2003--Northern California Ernst & Young recognized Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman and CEO of Siebel Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:SEBL) with the 2003 "Master Entrepreneur" award on June 20, 2003, at the Fairmont San Jose. Each year, Ernst & Young, through its Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Awards, seeks to recognize great business achievements around the world.

Northern California Ernst & Young honored Mr. Siebel as the recipient of its most prestigious award of "Master Entrepreneur" for founding and managing one of the most successful software companies in history and pioneering the customer relationship management (CRM) market, the largest segment of the enterprise applications industry. Ernst & Young selects only one executive from among 35 Entrepreneur of the Year award finalists from a wide variety of industries throughout Northern California for this special recognition. The judging criteria stipulate that the "Master Entrepreneur" honoree must have successfully demonstrated:

-- Ability to maintain management excellence -- including financial performance, continuity of management team's focus, and evidence of sustained improvement or innovation in the way business is conducted--over a sustained period of time

-- Evidence of sound management practices in critical areas of the company, including finance, marketing, human resources, and/or sales

-- Indication of continued generation of original, imaginative, or innovative programs in sales and marketing, human resources, financial management, office management, and product development.

-- Evidence of high company values and strong relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, and shareholders

-- Business founded more than five years ago

-- The honoree must be primarily responsible for the longer-term growth of the company

"Tom Siebel's focus on becoming a leader in every market segment in which Siebel Systems competes, and delivering products that help Siebel customers establish and maintain more successful customer relationships, has fueled Siebel Systems' rapid rise to become one the world's leading software companies," said Rick Fezell, Pacific Northwest Emerging Growth Markets leader, of Ernst & Young.

At the awards banquet, Ernst & Young credited Mr. Siebel's successful management of the company through periods of tremendous growth, its focus on building a company with lasting values, and the Siebel corporate culture's unwavering focus on customer satisfaction. These achievements have translated into real shareholder benefits -- Siebel Systems' stock has returned close to 900 percent to its public shareholders since the company's IPO in 1996, generating $5.1 billion in market capitalization. In its tenth year, Siebel Systems has become the largest enterprise applications software company in the United States and the second-largest in the world.

"It is a great privilege and honor to receive this award," said Mr. Siebel. "The remarkable achievements of Siebel Systems are a reflection of the dedication and hard work of the thousands of Siebel employees around the world. Together, we are committed to building a great company that will endure far into the future."

Award recipients are eligible for the overall National Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as several national Entrepreneur of the Year category awards. All of the national award recipients and finalists will be announced and honored at the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of The Year Awards in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 22, 2003.

Additional Siebel Systems Awards

The Ernst & Young award adds to a long list of recognitions that Mr. Siebel and Siebel Systems have received since 1997:

CEO Honors and Awards

-- 2002 David Packard Award, Business Executives for National Security

-- CEO of the Year in 2002, IndustryWeek Magazine

-- 2002: Named one of top 25 managers in global business, BusinessWeek

-- 2002 Top 25 Executives -- Readers' Choice -- Tom Siebel, Computer Reseller News

-- 2001 Stanford Graduate School of Business, Peninsula Chapter Alumni Association, Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

-- 2001 Top 25 Executives (Tom Siebel ranked 17th), Computer Reseller News

-- 2001 University of Illinois Presidential Award and Medallion

-- 2001: Named one of top 25 managers in global business, BusinessWeek

-- 2000: Named one of the top 25 managers in global business, BusinessWeek

-- Top 10 CEOs of 2000, Investor's Business Daily

-- Call Center Magazine Hall of Fame in recognition of contributions to the business and technology of customer service (2000)

-- 1999: Named one of the top 25 managers in global business, BusinessWeek

Company Honors and Awards


-- Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Northern California Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

-- One of "America's Most Admired Companies," Fortune


-- In "Top 20 of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies" for the fourth consecutive year, Fortune

-- "100 Most Important Companies in the World," Red Herring


-- Second-fastest-growing company and fastest-growing high-tech company in America, Fortune

-- Second among world's best-performing software companies and 14th overall in the "IT 100," BusinessWeek


-- Third-fastest-growing company and the fastest-growing software company in America, Fortune

-- World's second-most influential high-tech company, and the world's most influential software company, BusinessWeek

-- Best American company at hiring top talent, Sales & Marketing Management

-- One of America's top 75 manufacturing companies, IndustryWeek


-- First among the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in America, Fortune

-- Fastest-growing technology company in the United States, Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500

-- Most influential company shaping the "intelligent enterprise," Intelligent Enterprise

-- "Fast 50" list, Interactive Week

-- "Top 5 Software Companies," Interactive Week

-- "Top 5 Software Companies," Software Magazine

-- Named to "Global 1,000," BusinessWeek

-- Named to list of top brands, BRANDWEEK


-- "Fastest-growing company in Silicon Valley," San Francisco Chronicle

-- Ranked 20th among Northern California corporations, The Los Angeles Times


-- Ranked seventh in Los Angeles Times 100, The Los Angeles Times

-- Named one of a dozen companies from the "Software 500" deemed noteworthy in their market segments, Software Magazine

About Siebel Systems

Siebel Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of eBusiness applications software, enabling corporations to sell to, market to, and serve customers across multiple channels and lines of business. With more than 3,500 customer deployments worldwide, Siebel Systems provides organizations with a proven set of industry-specific best practices, CRM applications, and business processes, empowering them to consistently deliver superior customer experiences and establish more profitable customer relationships. Siebel Systems' sales and service facilities are located in more than 28 countries.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risk or uncertainties. Future operating results of Siebel Systems may differ from the results discussed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements due to factors that include, but are not limited to, risks associated with customer relations, such as the availability of Siebel Systems' products and services, customer implementation of products and services, relationships with customers, third-party vendors and systems integrators, concentration of revenues in a relatively small number of customers, existence of errors or defects in products, ability to successfully manage growth, significant current and expected additional competition and the need to continue to expand product distribution and services offerings. Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of Siebel Systems are included in Siebel Systems' Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at Siebel Systems assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.

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