IDC Elevates Iain Gillott to Group Vice President

FRAMINGHAM, MA – AUGUST 1, 2000 – IDC, the world's most comprehensive resource on worldwide IT markets, today announced it has promoted Iain Gillott to group vice president of Worldwide Consumer & Small Business Telecommunications.


As group vice president, Mr. Gillott manages IDC's wireless, mobile communications, mobile Internet access, mobile & remote access software, telecommunications and telecom branding practices. These research areas combine analysis of vendor strategies with extensive primary surveys of U.S. households, businesses of varying size, and major corporations.

Mr. Gillott is also organizing IDC's WAP and The Future of Location Smart Commerce conference, scheduled for October 19, 2000 at The Westin Hotel in Santa Clara. This conference will examine the current state of the WAP industry, with particular emphasis on products and services that facilitate location-based commerce.

"Iain is continuously on the forefront of defining new areas like mobile commerce and telecommunications branding, which IDC is expanding to other markets," said Gigi Wang, senior vice president of IDC's Communications and Internet research. "His thought leadership and entrepreneurial spirit are truly behind what makes IDC's wireless research the most respected in the industry."

In the seven years that Mr. Gillott has been with IDC, he has gained worldwide recognition for his expertise and vision in wireless and mobile communications. For the past five years, he had managed IDC's residential telecommunications research and co-managed the small business telecommunications research.

Mr. Gillott initiated IDC's research into telecommunications brand equity, including primary research and analysis of consumers' telecommunications buying and switching behavior and brand association. He received IDC's prized James Peacock Research Excellence Award in 1996, IDC's highest research honor. Mr. Gillott is a frequent speaker on a variety of wireless communications and wireless Internet topics at many of the leading telecommunications trade shows and conferences, including IDC's Directions conference.

Before joining IDC in 1994, Mr. Gillott was proposal manager at Electronic Data Systems' Personal Communications Division, where he was responsible for preparing new business proposals to cellular and emerging technology carriers in the United States and managing projects with those carriers. He also worked in EDS's manufacturing business, supporting sales and manufacturing systems at General Motors' Luton assembly plant in England. This project involved the integration of the U.K.'s sales and ordering systems with those in the rest of Europe.

Mr. Gillott has a bachelors of science degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the University College of North Wales, Bangor, Wales with a concentration in hardware and software design.

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