IDG Names John Gallant Associate Producer Of Vortex 2000

SAN MATEO, CA, MARCH 9, 2000 — IDG Conference Management Company has named Network World Editorial Director and Executive Vice President John Gallant as Associate Producer for Vortex 2000, IDG’s third annual invitation-only executive conference which confronts business issues and challenges arising from the convergence of the Internet, telephone and television networking industries.

"John Gallant has been lighting the way toward convergence for the 165,000 Internet-savvy readers of Network World. We are fortunate to have him active in the Vortex community, now as conference co-producer," said Bob Metcalfe, executive producer of Vortex.

In addition to working closely with Metcalfe to develop the conference content, Gallant will spear-head an extension of the Vortex brand to include a community-focused website featuring original content generated by Gallant.

"I'm excited about the unique opportunity to work with Bob Metcalfe to help shape and host this elite event – the premiere conference for the converging telephony, Internet and television networking industries," said Gallant. "Our goal is to work with the best minds in these industries to root out the myths about convergence, spotlight the opportunities and examine the obstacles that must be overcome to capture those opportunities."

Gallant also serves as executive vice president and editorial director of the award-winning newsweekly, Network World, where he directs the print, online and events operations for one of the fastest growing media companies in the computer / communications industry. In addition, Gallant directs the editorial content for Network World Inc. branded products. With more than 16 years experience in the network industry, Gallant is a key player in developing business development initiatives for the Network World organization.

About IDG Conference Management Company

IDG Conference Management Company produces the broadest portfolio of executive conferences and events in the technology industry, including the Agenda®, DEMO®, DemoMobile® and VortexTM. The IDG Conference Management Company also publishes DemoLetterTM and DemoLetter Weekly EditionTM. IDG Conference Management Company can be found on the Web at www.idgconferences.com.

IDG Conference Management Company is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 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 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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