Fashion Research Institute Announces New Board Member


NYC, NY, June 23, 2008 – Fashion Research Institute, Inc. (FRI) has added a new member, Linda E. Amuso, to its Board of Directors.


Linda E. Amuso is president of Radford Surveys + Consulting, an Aon Consulting Company.  For 20 years, her practice has focused on executive and equity compensation strategies in the high technology and life sciences industries, working directly with senior management and Boards of Directors.  She is a frequent speaker on compensation and corporate governance issues.


Amuso has been responsible for building Radford’s consulting business and expanding the firm’s services globally.  In 1993, she co-founded iQuantic, Inc. (acquired by Buck Consultants in 2001), and was instrumental in building the organization into a national compensation consulting business.  She also led the expansion of iQuantic’s business into the life sciences industry, offering consulting and survey support.  At Buck Consultants, she held a number of leadership positions including Western Region Compensation Practice Leader, National Leader for the Biotechnology Sector, and Northern California Market Leader.


Amuso holds a bachelor of science from Ithaca College and a master of arts in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.  She is based in San Francisco.


“Linda offers FRI a valuable combination of leadership, experience, and expertise.  She will further help our Board position the company for tremendous success in the highly competitive and volatile software industry,” said Shenlei Winkler, FRI’s CEO.


FRI’s board also includes Winkler; Theodore Buyniski, SVP, Radford Surveys & Consulting; Richard Fine, Ph.D., Founder, BioPredict; and Jeffrey Safran, President, Antares Information Technology, Inc.


Fashion Research Institute conducts research into technology-based initiatives and develops emerging technologies to sweepingly overhaul traditional fashion industry practices and methodologies.  FRI’s mission is to reduce the carbon footprint and change the environmental impact of the industry in ways that are sustainable, replicable, respectful of the practitioners, and meaningful for all stakeholders.  FRI maintains Shengri-La, a five-island complex in Second Life, and an OpenSim complex.  FRI is an IBM business partner, and has been working closely with top IBM architects and researchers over the last year to develop its virtual-worlds-based product design solution.


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