International Data Group (IDG) Names Michael Friedenberg CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International Data Group (IDG) announced today that Michael Friedenberg has been promoted to CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide from his current position as CEO of IDG Communications U.S. Effective immediately, Friedenberg will oversee IDG’s media operations in 86 countries.

“In his eight years at IDG, Michael has consistently delivered outstanding business results,” said IDG Founder and Chairman Patrick J. McGovern. “I am delighted he is taking on these new global responsibilities to facilitate the rapid growth and continued success of IDG Communications media activities around the world.”

Named CEO of IDG Communications U.S. earlier this year, Friedenberg oversaw IDG's U.S. B2B and consumer brands, as well as IDG TechNetwork (U.S.) and IDG World Expo. Previously, he was CEO and President of IDG Enterprise, an IDG Communications company that develops strategic media properties and peer advisory services. He transformed IDG Enterprise into a digital-centric business that became the largest and most profitable division of IDG Communications. Friedenberg joined IDG in 2005 as President and CEO of CXO Media.

With 20+ years in the information technology media industry, Friedenberg is widely regarded as a leader who understands the industry’s evolving needs. He joined IDG from UBM where he advanced from UBM sales management positions to Vice President and Publisher of InformationWeek and, later, Vice President and Group Publisher of the InformationWeek Media Network and Co-Founder of Optimize. His career also includes work with Cardinal Business Media and ProPress.

“Right now our industry is in a place where there are unlimited growth opportunities,” said Friedenberg. “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to expand our global solutions and serve the 280 million technology buyers who turn to IDG Communications to help them acquire technology that drives personal and professional value.”

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 180 print titles spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games in 86 countries. 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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