Georgia and North Carolina are well represented in Computerworld’s “Premier IT Leaders” as selected for 2003.

The group includes a vice president at SAS (Suzanne Gordon), a chief information officer for a law firm (Sean Scott, Womble Caryle Sandridge and Rice PLLC). And a former executive at Global Knowledge in Cary (Eric Goldfarb) who now works with PRG-Schultz in Atlanta.

The fourth annual list is based on what Computerworld labels as “exceptional technology leadership, innovative approaches to business challenges and effective execution of comprehensive IT strategies.”

“Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders have demonstrated a real depth of understanding about the value of IT investments, and that connects them very effectively with other senior business executives,” said Maryfran Johnson, the editor-in-chief of Computerworld. “As IT executives at the top of their profession, they create best practices in technology use and translate those into business success.”

According to Computerworld, the eight selected from Georgia and North Carolina are as follows:

Alan Boehme, 43, executive vice president, CIO, Best Software Inc., Atlanta (formerly e-technology CIO at GE Power Systems, Atlanta)

Mike Childress, 36, senior vice president of development, Delta Technology Inc., Atlanta

Eric Goldfarb, 38, executive vice president, CIO, PRG-Schultz Inc., Atlanta (formerly CIO at Global Knowledge, Cary, N.C.)

Suzanne Gordon, 49, vice president of IT, SAS Institute Inc., Cary, N.C.

W. Douglas Lewis, 49, executive vice president, CIO, Six Continents Hotels Inc., Atlanta

Richard Ricks, 43, group president, Computer Sciences Corp., El Segundo, Calif. (previously senior vice president and CIO at Nortel Networks Ltd., Research Triangle Park, N.C.)

Sean Scott, 32, CIO, Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice PLLC, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Steven M. Stone, 40, vice president of IT strategy, Lowe’s Cos., North Wilkesboro, N.C.

For more on the IT 100, go to Computerworld’s web site:

Computerworld: www.computerworld.com