IDG Appoints David Korse President of IDG World Expo

BOSTON, MA – MAY 28, 2003 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media company, today announced the appointment of David Korse to president of IDG World Expo. With nearly twenty years of experience in the technology tradeshow business, Korse will strengthen IDG World Expo's position as the leading producer of global tradeshows for the technology industry. Korse will officially take the helm on June 16. In his new post, Korse will lead the IDG World Expo group by managing existing events like Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo and Linuxworld Conference & Expo, and launching new ones around the world.


''Korse is a seasoned tradeshow executive who combines an extensive exposition and conference management background with demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial drive," said Pat Kenealy, CEO of IDG. ''His proven sales, marketing and negotiating skills will guide IDG World Expo through many years of growth and success."

Most recently, Korse was president and CEO of Imark Communications, an international integrated media firm specializing in the production of b-to-b trade events in the field of information technology, where he led 300 employees and a $40 million operation in the US, UK, Singapore, Argentina, and Canada. Prior to that, Korse was COO of the Institute for International Research Exhibitions (IIR) where he was responsible for consolidating separate exhibition assets and building centralized exhibition business including new launches, acquisitions, and negotiating association management contracts.

Previous to that, he was president for the Americas where he had complete responsibility including P&L and business development for IIR's conference operations in North and South America. From 1984 to 1993, Korse held the position of vice president at Reed Exhibition Companies, where he was responsible for more than 40 events in ten countries.

''I look forward to using my tradeshow experience to lead IDG World Expo, one of the most established and respected technology event producers in the world," said David Korse, president of IDG World Expo. ''As one of the oldest global technology event producers in the world, IDG World Expo has a first class team ready to start expanding our offerings."

Korse is the former chairman and current member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), and a member of the International Association of Exhibition Management. Korse attended Washburn University and Los Angeles Valley College.

As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, and COMNET.

About International Data Group (IDG)

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people about information technology than any other company in the world and is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and events. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines in 85 countries, led by the Computerworld, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, and CIO global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 websites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

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