IDG Communications Announces Key Executive Promotions

Framingham, MA – November 18, 2013 – Michael Friedenberg, CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide, today announced the following promotions to the IDG Communications executive team.  They are effective immediately.

Matthew Yorke has been promoted to CEO of IDG Enterprise.  Previously, CEO of IDG Global Solutions, he now has responsibility for the IDG Enterprise media brands, U.S. Corporate accounts, and IDG Research Services.  As CEO of IDG Enterprise, Yorke will oversee award-winning technology media brands such as CIO, CFOworld, CITEworld, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld, and Network World.

Under Yorke’s leadership, IDG Global Solutions, which serves the company’s largest multinational customers and has led the transformation to industry leading marketing services solutions, has become one of the largest revenue generating groups in IDG Communications.

Bob Melk has been promoted to president of IDG Consumer & SMB.  He has served as senior vice president, group publisher and CMO of IDG Enterprise.  Melk leads IDG Communications’ award-winning consumer and small business brands PCWorld, Macworld, and TechHive.  IDG Enterprise media brands have become the top resource for IT and business decision makers during Melk’s tenure and with his leadership has launched programs such as CITE and Data+.

Kumaran Ramanathan (Ram), managing director of IDG Global Solutions, has been promoted to president of IDG Global Solutions.  Based in London, he now oversees the international sales and marketing division of IDG Communications.  Ramanathan has been instrumental in fueling substantial growth in marketing services in recent years across Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.

Pam Stenson, senior vice president and general manager of the CIO Executive Council, has been named president of the CIO Executive Council.  In the past five years, the Council, a peer group of IT executives, has grown to more than 1,000 members with an annual growth rate of more than15%.

“Matt, Bob, Ram, and Pam are exceptional leaders who will take their respective businesses and teams to new heights,” said Friedenberg. “As they focus their efforts on growth, customer engagement, and business value, their leadership will enable us to pursue opportunities that bring outstanding benefits to our customers.”

About International Data Group

International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, events and research company. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, IDG products and services reach an audience of more than 280 million technology buyers in 97 countries.

IDG Communications’ global media brands include ChannelWorld®, CIO®, CITEworld, CSO®, Computerworld®, GamePro®, InfoWorld®, ITworld, Macworld®, Network World®, PCWorld®, TechHive and TechWorld®. IDG’s media network features 460 websites, 200 mobile sites and apps, and 200 print titles spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. The IDG TechNetwork represents more than 500 independent websites in an ad network and exchange complementary to IDG’s media brands. With expertise in branding, lead generation and social media marketing, IDG marketing services programs are strategically designed and implemented to influence technology vendor prospects worldwide. A recognized leader in conference and exhibition management, IDG produces more than 700 globally branded technology and entertainment conferences and events in 55 countries. International Data Corporation (IDC), a subsidiary of IDG, has more than 1,000 analysts who provide global, regional and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in more than 110 countries.

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