WRAL Local Tech Wire will launch a series of events designed to help executives discuss and discover solutions to challenges facing them in today’s increasingly competitive global business environment.

Titled “Executive Edge,” the series is an extension of “The Exchange” networking events that also are put on by LTW.

The first two events are set for March 20 in Charlotte (“Enabling Technology”) and March 27 (“Dual Shoring”) in Durham.

“The Executive Edge is a series geared toward the professional who wants to gain an advantage in dealing with the issues driving the technology industry,” said Marc Montoro, marketing and sales manager for LTW. “Each event will integrate an interactive panel discussion and networking opportunities. Attend this event if you want a competitive advantage in your market.”

The series is sponsored by Hosted Solutions, Incentric Solutions, Red Hat and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Registration information will be announced shortly.

Details for each event:

Charlotte Event – March 20, 2008

Location: Hilton Charlotte Center City

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Topic: “Enabling Technology”

Entrepreneurship is not restricted to the ability to start a business. Startup, emerging and established companies need individuals who can identify a business need and work a process to create and implement a solution. Speakers will discuss how technology enabled change.

Confirmed Panelists: Ryan Stone, CEO, JetPool, LLC; Jolanta Zwirek, SVP & CIO of Coca-Cola Consolidated; and Mark Milam, COO/Managing Partner, Incentric Solutions

RTP Event – March 27, 2008

Location: American Tobacco Company – Bay 7

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Topic: “Dual-Shoring”

Where are the technology jobs? We have analyzed the globalization phenomenon from every angle. And each company had a different philosophy towards where they will get the most return on investment from their operations. It is argued that creating jobs abroad will also add more jobs in North Carolina. The Executive Edge series will take a look at real-world applications of sourcing.

Confirmed Speakers: Marco Fregenal, President & CEO, Carpio Solutions, Dr. Jay Swaminathan, Professor, Kenan-Flagler Business School, and Tom Rabon, executive vice president of Corporate Affairs, Red Hat.

For more information, contact Marc Montoro at 919-821-8577 or mmontoro@wral.com