QAD and Strategic to Host Forum for Life Sciences Manufacturing Executives

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—April 08, 2011—QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) (NASDAQ:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise business software and services for global manufacturing companies and its partner, Strategic Information Group (Strategic), announced today they will host the Southern California Life Sciences Executive Forum on April 12, 2011.

This event provides executives in life sciences manufacturing companies a forum to share common challenges and best practices and learn how QAD solutions can help companies address growth through improved business processes and organizational effectiveness.

Shelley Thunen, associate general manager of Alcon LenSx, will discuss how companies can transform their business to maximize economic value in her keynote presentation: “Transformational Company Practices to Drive Economic Value”.

Richard Greene, a communication coach to world leaders and Fortune 500 CEOs, will show executives how to improve their communication and presentation skills using his specialized approach called “The Five Secrets of the World’s Greatest Speakers”.

Life sciences companies face a variety of pressures, including complying with current good manufacturing practices (cGMP), providing complete visibility and traceability throughout the entire supply chain and protecting intellectual property. QAD Enterprise Applications helps companies address these pressures by enabling them to automate their systems, optimize their business processes, increase organizational effectiveness and improve employee and customer satisfaction.

“QAD has more than 600 life sciences customers in sectors including biotechnology and medical device manufacturing,” noted Sharon Ward, senior director, Solutions Marketing at QAD. “These companies face intense regulatory pressure operating in a validated environment. We believe this forum will provide the answers life sciences executives seek in understanding how solutions like QAD Enterprise Applications support their needs.”

The Southern California Life Sciences Executive Forum will be held at Montage Laguna Beach in California on April 12, 2011, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

About the Presenters

Shelley Thunen has significant experience in the Southern California business community. Prior to her position at Alcon LenSx, she has held several board member, senior vice president, and chief financial officer positions at leading medical technology companies. She was instrumental in the successful acquisitions of LenSx Lasers by Alcon and eyeonics by Bausch & Lomb. Thunen was also Executive VP and CFO of IntraLase for six years, where she led the company through two private equity rounds of funding, an initial public offering, and an acquisition by Advanced Medical Optics for $808 million. Thunen holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of California at Irvine.

Richard Greene, named the “Master of Charisma” by the Sunday Times of London, is author of the prestigious Words That Shook the World. He is considered one of the leading communication coaches in the world. Greene has worked with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, presidents, prime ministers and celebrities. Greene has appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC News, Nightline, Good Morning America and the BBC analyzing communications of key news events. Greene was the senior judge on TLC’s “The Messengers”, a cable show dedicated to finding the greatest speaker in America.

About QAD
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life science products. QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at

About Strategic
Strategic helps companies achieve their corporate goals with the application of enterprise technology. The company specializes in providing proven solutions for a full range of enterprise applications including ERP, CRM, and QMS. Strategic works with start-up, multi-national and market leading companies to implement their systems on time and on budget, and help them maximize the value of their enterprise technology. For more information, visit