Joseph R. Tort Awarded The Pinnacle

Madison, NJ (June 14, 2005) — In ceremonies held at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham in Madison, NJ, on June 10, 2005, Joseph R. Tort of Rumson, NJ, was inducted into The Pinnacle, the highest award the University can bestow on its alumni. Pinnacle recipients are chosen on the basis of success or distinction in their chosen fields; significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service; and outstanding service to the University, or reflection of the unique character of Fairleigh Dickinson in their lives.

Mr. Tort is a Business Assurance partner in the Technology, Infocom and Entertainment practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He currently serves as the Global Relationship Partner for The Thomson Corporation and Lucent Technologies, Inc.

Recently, Mr. Tort completed a four-year assignment in the firm’s San Jose, California, office as the Global Relationship Partner for Agilent Technologies, Inc, where he played a lead role in Agilent’s carve-out, initial public offering and spin-off from Hewlett-Packard in 1999. In addition, he served as PwC’s Global Computers & Networking Industry Leader and the Computers & Networking Practice Sector Leader for the West Region.

Prior to his relocation to California, Mr. Tort served Lucent Technologies, Inc., where he played a lead role in the carve-out, initial public offering and spin-off of Lucent Technologies, Inc. from AT&T.

Beyond the workplace, Mr. Tort is dedicated to numerous organizations. He served as a member of the executive committee of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey, an advisor to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s accounting program and its department of economics and finance, and a trustee of the Christian Brothers Academy Alumni Association. He also served as an adjunct professor and lecturer in advanced accounting and auditing at several institutions of higher education, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, as well as the California, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey Societies of CPAs.

After graduating summa cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting, Mr. Tort successfully completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Miriam, have three children, Joseph, Sarah and Andrew.

In presenting the award, Thomas J. Colligan retired vice chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, said, “For many, you’ve provided a lesson in courage, the pursuit of excellence and loyalty to those around you. Fairleigh Dickinson takes great pride in awarding you with The Pinnacle.”

Photograph of Joseph Tort (at left) being congratulated by FDU President Dr. J. Michael Adams (at right). http://www.fdu.edu/images/newspubs/05pinnacle/tort.jpg

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