IDG Taps Michael Friedenberg as Top Executive for CIO, CSO, and CMO Brands

BOSTON, MA – JULY 12, 2005 – International Data Group (IDG) has selected media executive Michael Friedenberg as president & CEO of its CXO Media subsidiary. Friedenberg, who was instrumental in the success of CMP Media’s technology publishing and events businesses for the past nine years, will join CXO Media on July 25.

During his IT media career, Friedenberg has advanced from sales management positions to VP/publisher of CMP Media’s flagship brand, InformationWeek, and VP/group publisher of the InformationWeek Media Network and co-founder of Optimize magazine. As VP/group publisher he set the vision, strategy, and positioning of multiple brands across print, online, events, and research services. Most recently Friedenberg served as senior VP, CMP Strategic Customer Development responsible for sales and marketing strategies to increase revenue from the company’s top 50 customers worldwide.

“For almost 20 years, CXO Media has established the standard for high quality, executive-level information and events,” said Bob Carrigan, president, IDG Communications. “Mike knows the industry, has consistently delivered business results, and has strong relationships with advertisers, marketers, and IT executives.” Looking to the future Carrigan said: “Mike also has the leadership skills to continue CXO Media’s growth and adapt its CIO, CSO (chief security officer), and CMO (chief marketing officer) brands in a fast changing environment and build the company’s executive councils.”

This past year Friedenberg was named to BtoB magazine’s “Who’s Who” in business media. “As a competitor I know the strength of IDG as a technology media and events company around the world,” explained Friedenberg. “Today customers want information in print, on the Web, at events, and in peer-to-peer forums. CXO Media has a strong organization and incredible brand affinity to deliver results across all platforms.”

Friedenberg began his publishing career in sales at Cardinal Business Media. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in business administration.

About CXO Media Inc.

International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, research, and event company. CXO Media Inc., an IDG subsidiary, produces award-winning media properties and executive programs for corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business. Magazines from this esteemed content producer are CIO magazine, CMO magazine, and CSO magazine with all three offering companion websites for their respective audiences of chief information officers, chief marketing officers and chief security officers. The company also publishes Darwinmag.com for CEOs and other corporate executives who want to understand technology concepts in order to make smart business decisions. CXO Media also produces a series of conferences that provide educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified executives and operates the CIO Executive Council™, a professional organization of CIOs, and CSO Executive Council™, a professional organization of CSOs. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, CXO Media strives to enhance partnerships between C-level officers as well as create opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. Company information available at http://www.cxo.com.

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