IDG Appoints Robert G. Magnuson InfoWorld CEO

BOSTON, MA — OCTOBER 19, 2000 — International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading provider of IT media and information services, today announced the appointment of Robert G. Magnuson to president and chief executive officer of InfoWorld.


Magnuson brings more than 23 years of publishing and editorial experience to InfoWorld, most recently serving as a senior vice president for the Los Angeles Times, one of the nation’s largest metropolitan daily newspapers. In this role, he had responsibility for circulation, regional editions and the newspaper’s national edition. He established trend-setting marketing and distribution partnerships with leading Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese language newspapers to achieve new circulation and advertising opportunities, and launched an ambitious community news operation.

“Bob has an impressive background of sales, marketing and editorial experience and a proven track record of achieving strategic goals,” noted Kelly Conlin, IDG president and CEO. “Bob will add depth to an already strong management team at InfoWorld, and will accelerate InfoWorld's comprehensive strategy for serving the emergent CTO community with a weekly print publication, CTO First Mover magazine, online site and numerous events."

“It is a great privilege to be able to contribute to an organization that is as uniquely successful and respected as IDG,” Magnuson said. “In an increasingly cluttered media environment, InfoWorld stands out as a voice of quality and reliability. It has the best staff in the industry, both on the editorial and the business sides, and great opportunities for building on those strengths.”

From 1996 to 1997, Magnuson served as president of the Los Angeles Times Orange County edition, where he increased circulation for two consecutive years and consistently exceeded advertising revenue goals in the newspaper’s most competitive market. Prior to that, he held the position of business editor for the Los Angeles Times from 1990 to 1996. Previous to the Los Angeles Times, he served as business editor for the Oakland Tribune, Hong Kong bureau chief for the Asian Wall Street Journal, and associate economics editor for Business Week.

Magnuson has been honored with numerous editorial, publishing and company awards, most notably as a member of the Los Angeles Times staff sharing the 1995 Pulitzer prize for coverage of the Northridge earthquake, and the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Los Angeles riots. During his tenure as business editor, his staff was twice recognized as finalists for the Pulitzer as well.

Magnuson is a member of the Executive Board of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley, he also sits on the Daily Californian Foundation Board, and the Corporate Advisory Board for the Pacific Council on International Policy. He holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a Masters degree in Economics from University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld, the IT newsweekly that defines technology for business, focuses on editorial coverage of key technologies, products and trends to assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage. InfoWorld's $23 million dollar dedicated multi-platform, enterprise test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry's most trusted testing of technology and products as well as provides in-depth analysis and the business ROI of the technology and implementation.

InfoWorld Media Group also publishes, defining technology for business on the web, features daily technology news, product reviews, opinions, interactive discussion forums, along with e-mail newsletters and a complete archive of InfoWorld's print edition.

About International Data Group

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $2.56 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, CIO and For Dummies global product lines. IDG 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 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