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For Release — Monday, September 24, 2007

BUSINESS COUNCIL BOARD ELECTS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS

ALBANY—The Business Council's Board of Directors re-elected Linda Sanford, senior vice president of enterprise on demand transformation and information technology for IBM, and Kirk Gregg, executive vice president and chief administration officer of Corning Incorporated, as co-chairs for the year ahead. The Council has also elected six new directors and re-elected 16 directors.

This will be the second year that the Westchester-based Sanford and the Corning-based Gregg have served as the Council's co-chairs. The Board also elected Paul S. Speranza, vice chairman and general counsel and secretary of Rochester's Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., as the Board's treasurer and vice chairman for finance. David Klein, CEO of the Rochester-based Excellus, was elected secretary.

The newly elected directors are:

Re-elected directors are: