Michael Friedenberg is CEO of IDG Communications worldwide, the subsidiary for IDG’s B2B and consumer media brands and events in 97 countries. He was promoted from CEO, IDG Communications U.S. to worldwide CEO in 2013.
Prior to Friedenberg’s latest promotion, he was CEO and President of IDG Enterprise, an IDG company that develops strategic media properties and peer advisory services for IT executives. Appointed in March 2009, Friedenberg oversaw IDG’s award-winning brands, websites, products and services for CIO, CIO Executive Council, CFOworld, CITEworld, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World.
With more than 20 years in the information technology media industry, Friedenberg is known as a dynamic leader who keenly understands and responds to the continuous changes in the media and technology industries. In 2012, Friedenberg was inducted into Min’s Digital Hall of Fame and named as one of business media’s Top Innovators by Media Business. For eight consecutive years, BtoB magazine named Friedenberg to its “Who’s Who” list in business media. In recognition of his many years in sales management, Min’s selected Friedenberg for its Sales Hall of Fame in 2010.
At the Interactive Advertising Bureau, (IAB), Friedenberg is a member of the Advisory Board.
Friedenberg joined IDG in 2005 as president and CEO of CXO Media following a series of management positions at UBM (formerly CMP Media) including Vice President and Publisher of InformationWeek and, later, Vice President and Group Publisher of the InformationWeek Media Network and Co-Founder of Optimize. As VP/Group Publisher, Friedenberg set the vision, strategy, and positioning of multiple brands across print, online, events, and research services.
Friedenberg speaks regularly and is frequently quoted on issues of media, marketing, and technology. He has been featured in BtoB magazine, AdExchanger, Folio magazine, and Min. He is also a guest speaker at many industry conferences and customer events such as the Federal Reserve Board, DigiDay, IBM, HP, Oracle, CA, Microsoft, Avaya, Infosys and Fujitsu.
Friedenberg graduated with a B.S. in business administration from the University of Delaware.