IDG World Expo Appoints Industry Veteran Dick Blouin as President, U.S.; Blouin brings extensive experience in events, marketing and IT to newly created role

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 7, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced the appointment of Dick Blouin as President of the company's operations in the United States. In this newly created position, Blouin will be responsible for the growth and management of the company's U.S. business operations. Blouin will report to IDG World Expo CEO, David Korse, who remains responsible for the overall domestic and international operations of the company.

Blouin's early corporate experience included founding a successful advertising agency, Blouin & Company. He then joined The Interface Group, a company best-known for its COMDEX trade show, where he served as VP of Marketing, VP of Business Development, Executive VP, and Global Business Development. When ownership changed, he became Chief Operating Officer of Key3Studios, a division of Key3Media Group. Most recently, Blouin was President and CEO of ZiQuest, Inc., a company backed by a major global private equity firm that was formed to acquire, operate and build a domestic and international media organization around dominant business-to-business platforms.

"Dick has been extremely successful in building and growing companies, and he has a very impressive resume in the event industry," said David Korse, CEO of IDG World Expo. "While Dick focuses on helping us to grow our U.S. business, his appointment in this new role will give me the extra bandwidth necessary to help maximize the company's growing amount of international opportunities."

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. 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(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-IT World Conference + Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), Real Time CRM Solutions(TM), OSBC(TM), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .

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