IDG Promotes Joe Levy to Head IDG Communications in the U.S.

BOSTON, MA – MAY 3, 1999 – International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading IT media and information company, today announced the promotion of Joe Levy as President and CEO of IDG Communications U.S., a new position to whom all of IDG's U.S. publishing business units will report.

IDG's U.S. publications and web sites — including PC World, Infoworld, Computerworld, Network World, CIO, as well as startup Solutions Integrator, and vertical market titles such as Gamepro, Publish and Federal Computer Week — reach the most influential technology buyers in the market, according to the 1998 IntelliQuest CIMS (Computer Industry Media Survey) Business Influencer Study. Together with the company's research arm, IDC, event groups, IDG World Expo and IDG Conference Management, and book publishing company, IDG Books, IDG has the broadest resources to call on in developing marketing solutions for the technology industry.

"As the only global computer publishing company, IDG has a responsibility to ensure we provide the IT industry with effective and efficient ways to reach technology buyers anywhere in the world," said Kelly Conlin, IDG President and CEO. "With IDG Communications representing all of our domestic publications, we mirror the structure we have in our international operations, which we expect will further improve our customer service and industry leadership in building complete marketing programs."

"IDG's U.S. publications have the most talented team of editors, industry observers, analysts and publishing executives in our industry," said Levy. "We will keep our focus on the needs of the unique audience each of our publications reach, but we will also leverage IDG's total reach to the most influential technology buyers in the market."

Levy will be succeeded at CIO by Gary Beach, CIO's current publisher. This move follows Levy's promotion to the board of IDG Global Solutions where, along with colleagues in the U.S. and Europe, he is designing an expanded capability for global customer service utilizing the sales offices for IDG Global Solutions in London, Paris, Munich, Tokyo, Beijing, Tapei, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Miami and New York.

Levy is a 28-year veteran of IDG, having founded CIO magazine in 1987, 16 years after joining International Data Corporation (IDC), the research subsidiary of IDG. During his tenure at IDC, he rose quickly through the ranks to become the company's first Vice President of Marketing, and under his leadership IDC grew to become recognized as the most authoritative source for market information on the technology industry. Levy conceived the idea for CIO magazine after conducting extensive research on the computer-related purchases at the top corporations in the United States. Today, the title is the fastest growing IT title, and the CIO Communications group has expanded to include conferences, online services and research.

About IDG

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people world wide about information technology than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $2.35 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 290 computer newspapers and magazines and 700 book titles in 75 countries, led by Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, and Channel World global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 240 targeted web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and its research arm, International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries world wide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.