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IKON On Training Magazine Top 100 for Second Consecutive Year

Press release from the issuing company

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--March 23, 2004-- IKON Office Solutions, the world's largest independent channel for document management systems and services, today announced it has been named to Training magazine's Top 100 for the second consecutive year. Based on qualitative and quantitative measures, Training magazine's annual ranking acknowledges organizations that set the bar for training and workforce development. "Providing customers with not only best-in-class products, but best-in-class services requires IKON to sustain a competitive and advanced training program for all employees. IKON University allows our employees to achieve their fullest potential, become knowledgeable resources for customers, and deliver exceptional service," said Beth Sexton, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for IKON. "As Training magazine has found in its annual study, IKON is committed to training and development opportunities for what we consider the most talented workforce in the Printing and Imaging industry." IKON's nationally recognized learning organization, IKON University, provides continuous career development for 30,000 IKON employees throughout North America and Europe. IKON University offers self-study, web-based, and instructor-led courses that provide training across all functions within IKON. Training magazine conducts extensive research each year starting with nominations from employees, peers and the publications 45,000 readers. This year's Top 100 were chosen from over 500 companies that were evaluated by Training magazine's editorial staff through a point-based scale and follow-up interviews, creating extensive quantitative and qualitative results. Quantitative measurements included the number of training professionals in the company, tuition reimbursement, total annual training budget, and annual hours of formal training. Companies were also measured on the effectiveness of training and alignment of company culture with external corporate mission.