WASHINGTON, November 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Savvis, Inc. , a global leader in outsourced managed computing and network infrastructure for IT applications, today announced Thomas T. Riley, Senior Vice President, Managing Director Savvis International has received the 2009 Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, the only award given by the State Department to a political-appointee Ambassador. Prior to joining Savvis, Riley served as the U.S. Ambassador to Morocco from January 2004 to January 2009.

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The Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service is presented to a non-career ambassador who has used private sector leadership and management skills to make a significant impact on bilateral or multilateral relations and has done so in a manner that best reflects the Foreign Service culture of uncommon commitment in carrying out United States foreign policy through proactive diplomacy. The award is made possible by the generosity of Sue M. Cobb, Former U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica.

The award was presented to Ambassador Riley by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a formal awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Signed by Clinton the award read, In recognition of your extraordinary strategic vision, dynamism, leadership, and Management of Mission Morocco from 2004 until 2009. Your promotion of U.S. business, the Free Trade Agreement and the Millennium Challenge Account Compact will be lasting legacies.

Ambassador Riley is an innovative and visionary leader whose extraordinary management ability has produced many achievements on U.S. foreign policy priorities and invigorated Mission Morocco, according to Ambassador Thomas B. Robertson, Dean of Leadership and Management at the Foreign Service Institute. He played a pivotal role in Morocco's decision to purchase a U.S. military aircraft worth US$2.4 billion. This is more than the sum of all Foreign Military Sales since the U.S. began its' security assistance relationship with the Kingdom in 1956.

Savvis is an outsourcing provider of IT services ranging from colocation to cloud computing solutions that are being embraced globally, said Phil Koen, chief executive officer of Savvis. Tom Riley's experience and astute observations are translating into immediate contributions as we continue to expand delivery of these services in key regions internationally.

I am extremely honored to receive this award on behalf of my work as U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, said Tom Riley. Since leaving the government sector, I have been focused on Savvis' international strategy and growth as a leading IT solutions provider with an expanding global footprint.

About Savvis

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