CXO Media Announces Red Cross Interim CEO Harold Decker To Provide Keynote Address at Executive Policy Forum

FRAMINGHAM, MA – APRIL 21, 2002 – IDG's CXO Media (publisher of CIO magazine) today announces Mr. Harold Decker, CEO of the Red Cross, will deliver the keynote address to emergency first responders, business leaders and federal government officials at the Executive Policy Forum on Tuesday, April 23rd. Featuring a live event, webcast and satellite broadcast, the CXO Media Executive Policy Forum is the kickoff event to "Critical Infrastructures: Working Together in a New World," a two-day conference co-hosted and co-produced by the US Department of Commerce's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO), CXO Media, State of New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey and the National Institute of Justice. The entire event takes place at Princeton University.


Mr. Decker will discuss the Red Cross's response to the September 11th attacks, examining lessons learned and the important role of volunteerism and social mobilization in preparedness for new types of disasters. Mr. Decker, who previously served as General Counsel of the Red Cross, was named interim President and CEO in October.

"September 11th changed all of us in a permanent way, and so many of us are looking for new ways to channel actions and ability into making a difference," says Decker. "The American Red Cross is woven into the fabric of every community and Red Cross leadership in community disaster education and volunteer mobilization contributes immeasurably to public confidence and more important, immediate disaster response."

Mr. Decker's keynote will be followed by an open, interactive panel discussion, moderated by Arthur Miller, Harvard Law Professor and former legal correspondent for ABC-TV's Good Morning America. The discussion will focus on crisis communications and its impact on public confidence and the U.S. economy following the events of September 11th. The two-hour event will be webcast at

Executive Policy Forum Speakers include:

James E. McGreevey, Governor of the State of New Jersey

The Honorable Richard Clarke, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security

John S. Tritak, Director, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office in the US Department of Commerce

Joseph L. Levy, President and CEO, CXO Media

Executive Policy Forum Panelists/Participants include:

Kenneth Juster, Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Orson Swindle, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Captain Craig Bone, U. S. Coast Guard, Commanding Officer, Activities New York, Capt. of the Port of New York/New Jersey

Albert J. Edmonds, President, Government – Information Solutions, EDS

Captain Kevin Hayden, Deputy Director for Emergency Management, State of New Jersey; New Jersey State Police Headquarters

Alfred C. Koeppe, President & COO, Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G)

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D., Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services

Barry Smith, Director for Security Operations, Food and Drug Administration

Sally Hale, Bureau Chief, The Associated Press – New Jersey.

Mark Jurkowitz, Media Writer, The Boston Globe

About the Executive Policy Forum

The forum is designed to bring government and business leaders together to discuss security risks to the U.S. economy, as well as explore critical infrastructure security solutions. The two-hour forum is the kick off event to a two-day conference, "Critical Infrastructures: Working Together in a New World," a two-day conference highlighting best practices arising from September 11, including homeland security and critical infrastructure protection. The entire conference is co-hosted and co-produced by the CIAO, part of the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, CXO Media, State of New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey and The National Institute of Justice.

About CXO Media

CXO Media publishes CIO magazine (launched in 1987),, The CIO Insider and CXO Media 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 among C-level executives, as well as create opportunities for information technology (IT) and consumer marketers to reach them. In addition to magazines and websites, CXO Media produces 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 (, which comprises more than 270 targeted websites 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

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media interested in covering or attending Executive Policy Forum should contact Karen Fogerty at 508-935-4091. Event will be webcast Tuesday, April 23rd, 10am-12noon at