IDG’s Computerworld And CXO Media Appoints Marth Connors To VP/ General Manager Of Online
FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 24, 2006—IDG’s Computerworld and CXO Media Inc. (publisher of CIO, and CSO magazines), announce the appointment of Martha Connors to VP/General Manager of Online for both organizations. Joining Computerworld in 2005, Connors is credited with increasing Computerworld.com’s unique visitors by nearly 40% and page views by 25% in the past year. In her new role, Connors will manage the online operations team and drive strategy and direction for Computerworld.com, CIO.com and CSOonline.com. Separate and dedicated editorial and sales teams will be maintained for each brand.
Connors’s appointment comes at a time of extraordinary growth and expansion for all three brands. Computerworld.com, coming off two back-to-back years of +30% revenue growth, recently revealed a web redesign and new content model. CSO’s online revenue is up 98% (first half FY 06 vs. first half FY 05). And with online revenue +74% (first half FY06 over first half FY05) and unique visitors +25% (first half FY06 vs. last half FY05), CIO.com is building new tools for its online advertisers, including a RSS ad creation tool that allows clients to link RSS feeds to their ads and continuously update their ad content and messaging.
According to Matthew Sweeney, CEO of Computerworld, “What Martha has done for Computerworld has been much more than a facelift for our website. She has led a complete re-architecting of our site and more importantly, has spearheaded an online plan that is now the core of our corporate strategy. Martha is easily the most qualified person to take on this new dual role and will undoubtedly bring incremental value to visitors and advertisers across both the Computerworld and CXO Media web properties.”
Adds Michael Friedenberg, CEO of CXO Media, “At a time when our community of readers and advertisers are so heavily focused on online content and solutions, Martha brings incredible vision, leadership and focus to our stellar online team of developers, producers, editors and writers.“
Prior to joining Computerworld in 2005, Connors worked for ten years at Technology Review, starting out as circulation director and working up to Executive Vice President/COO with responsibility for all operations including online, human resources and circulation. During her tenure, she launched Technology Review online–one of the first 10 publications on the web–and played an instrumental role in transforming the magazine from a small publication to a leading independent media company. Connors earned her BA in English and Journalism from the University of Massachusetts.
Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld’s integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world’s largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com website, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,293,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2005 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture).
About CXO Media Inc.
CXO Media Inc. produces award-winning media properties and executive programs for corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business, including CIO, CSO magazines and websites, Darwinmag.com and the CIO Executive Council. Launched in 1987, CIO magazine addresses issues vital to the success of chief information officers (CIOs) worldwide. The CIO portfolio includes a companion website www.CIO.com, CIO Executive Programs, a series of face-to-face conferences providing educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government leaders, and the CIO Executive Council, a professional organization of CIOs created to achieve lasting change in critical industry, academic, media and governmental groups. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 160 awards to date, including two Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors.
Launched in 2002, CSO magazine, its companion website (www.CSOonline.com) and the CSO Perspectives™ conference provide chief security officers (CSOs) with analysis and insight on security trends and a keen understanding of how to develop successful strategies to secure all business assets—from people to information and financial value to physical infrastructure. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are the recipients of 80 awards to date, including the American Society of Business Publication Editor’s Magazine of the Year award as well as eleven Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards.
Computerworld and CXO Media are subsidiaries of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific websites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO®, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at https://www.idg.com./