DIRECTV Selects Software for Global Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Program

The direct broadcast satellite provider anticipates greater business performance

The direct broadcast satellite provider anticipates greater business performance

Cupertino, CA — May 31, 2005 — DIRECTV Inc., in a bid to optimize its business performance through good governance, said today that it is teaming with Certus Software implement and deploy an international sustainable compliance program.

DIRECTV is the largest U.S. direct broadcast satellite (DBS) provider, serving more than 14.4 million customers. DIRECTV Latin America serves more than 1.5 million customers throughout Latin America.

"Our goal is to leverage global compliance to help us achieve sustainable business performance. We are working with Certus to help improve internal global processes and ensure transparency for our process owners," said John Murphy, vice president and general auditor, DIRECTV Inc. "This, coupled with Certus' commitment to product excellence, ease-of-use, and open dialogue, made them the obvious choice."

Certus' enterprise-level software platform, the Certus Governance Suite, offers compliance, audit servicing and enterprise risk management. For Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, the Certus suite provides toolkits, including control frameworks (COSO) and Sarbanes-Oxley templates from the "Big Four" accounting firms. Certus said its platform is designed to help enterprises achieve compliance beyond Sarbanes-Oxley, supporting complex business topographies and country-specific financial control regulations.