CIO magazine Unveils Online Mentor-Matching Service For CIOs and CIO Wannabes

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JUNE 15, 2000 – CIO.com, CIO magazine 's award- winning website, today unveiled the CIO Mentor-Matching Service, a free program designed to connect executive mentors with IT (information technology) managers seeking advice and counsel on leadership. Mentors and their proteges will talk about everything from how to play successful politics with the board of directors to smart project leadership, from motivating IT staff to managing user expectations, as well as explore how to get ahead in this profession, and how to stay ahead of the competition.

"We were inundated with requests for information on the CIO.com mentor community following the pre-promotion notices in CIO magazine and CIO's Insider email newsletter," according to Rick Pastore, Senior Executive Editor at CIO, "a definitive indicator of the value and necessity for people to connect. CIO is offering the opportunity and the venue for IT professionals to get the answers and support needed to succeed in their careers. The most enthusiastic responses were from mid-level IT managers whose next career move is to the position of CIO seeking a mentor."

CIO editors will compare the backgrounds and stated preferences of participants and assign pairings that are complementary and satisfy preferences. Matches will be based on a biographical assessment (found at www.cio.com/forums/executive/mentors) covering individual-stated preferences, relevant backgrounds and complimentary experiences. CIO will then lay out basic relationship ground rules and expectations, provide contact information and then turn the interaction over to the mentors/ proteges. From there partners may plan ongoing phone contact or arrange to meet in person. Periodically, CIO will check in to see how things are going. Pairs will have a three-month trial period. Although their conversations will be confidential and off-the-record, CIO plans to ask pairs to share their learnings or discussions with others online or in print.

CIO.com is produced by CXO Media, Inc. (formerly CIO Communications, Inc.). CXO Media, publishers of CIO magazine and the newly-launched Darwin magazine, serves CIOs, CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business. The company strives to enhance partnerships between CIOs and CXOs, as well as create opportunities for IT and consumer marketers to reach them. CXO Media also produces value-added content and community development services on the www.cio.com and www.darwinmagazine.com websites, as well as CIO and Darwin Executive Programs, a series of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government leaders.CXO Media, Inc. is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology- specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.