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Wednesday, September 11, 2002 2:50PM IST (9:20AM GMT)
GTWA Changes Name to Open Network for Commerce Exchange
Leading e-Marketplace Association Expands Charter, Announces New Members and CEO
Stockholm, Sweden

The Global Trading Web Association (GTWA), the world's largest independent non-profit membership organization of electronic marketplaces, today announced at their Annual Business Conference that its membership approved a name change to the Open Network for Commerce Exchange (ONCE). The Association also announced the addition of five new member companies and the appointment of Kerry Lamson to the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

"Changing the name to ONCE reflects an expanded charter, the diversity of membership, and the continued development of new programs and partnerships," said Sandy Kemper, current ONCE Chairman and CEO of eScout. "We are also very pleased that Kerry Lamson has accepted the position of CEO and are confident that his dedicated leadership will greatly enhance the association's growth, global presence and value to our members."

The name change reflects a broader focus by ONCE to involve all marketplaces and exchanges, both public and private, as well as a related network of customers, suppliers, service providers and technology vendors. The ONCE charter will allow the Association to expand its reach, continuing to build upon the original vision of creating the largest open interoperating network of networks in the world.

Added Kemper, "Although we have changed the name and expanded our charter, the basic premise remains the same and can be expressed by one very simple, but compelling, message: connect once."

Five new member companies were announced, including Adquira (Spain), BuyForMetals (Belgium), SAP AG (Germany), webMethods and World Wide Wood Network (United States), as well as new partnerships with the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and CommerceNet, two international organizations also focused on electronic commerce. ONCE will work with OASIS to test their newly-defined XML messaging specifications and with CommerceNet on a universal catalog program in cooperation with Stanford University.

"Expanding their focus is a perfect response to today's changing e-Commerce market requirements," said Lauren Jones-Shu, a research analyst with Gartner 2. "The individual success of many of its members during difficult economic times clearly indicates that ONCE provides value to its membership and to the industry as a whole."

"What makes ONCE unique compared to other industry groups is that it is an organization of e-Commerce practitioners," said Lamson. "Our members do not just talk about e-Commerce, they live it! And living it yields a wealth of experience and new business opportunities when shared across the membership."

Lamson brings more than 10 years of experience with emerging technologies and markets to the position of CEO. Prior to his appointment, Lamson served two years as chairman of the GTWA Business Interoperability Committee and was an active member of both the Executive Management and Business Services Committees. While serving in these capacities, he worked at PeopleSoft as a senior executive responsible for the creation and management of their electronic business exchange. Previous experience also includes senior management positions at Indus International, Oracle and System Software Associates (SSA).

About the Open Network for Commerce Exchange (ONCE)

The Open Network for Commerce Exchange (ONCE), formerly known as the Global Trading Web Association (GTWA), is an independent, non-profit membership organization devoted to promoting the role of e-marketplaces and facilitating the continued growth of international business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce. ONCE and its consortium of electronic marketplaces and exchanges work to accelerate the movement of global trade and together, constitute a global network of buyers and suppliers. A leading authority on the issues that influence the forward progress of B2B eCommerce, ONCE acts as an industry voice in debates on electronic transaction and technical standards affecting exchange-based trading and education, and also is a significant participant in legislation and regulatory processes. For more information on ONCE and its members, visit www.connect-once.com.

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