IDG World Expo Appoints Mac Industry Veteran Paul Kent as Vice President to Lead Macworld Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – December 20, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced the appointment of Mac industry veteran Paul Kent as Vice President. In this expanded role, Kent will be responsible for the overall growth and management of Macworld Conference & Expo. Kent has spent the past eight years as the Conference Chairperson for Macworld Conference & Expo where he managed all the educational and training content of Macworld's world-class conference program.

Kent is a 22 year veteran of the Mac industry. As the founder of Mactivity, Inc. he's been a technical consultant, author, conference producer and industry strategist. In addition to Macworld, Kent has played a major role with the production of many of the conferences that have shaped the technology industry, including: Mactivity, Interop, Voice on the Net, Java Business Expo, QuickTime Live and Programmable World.

"I'm thrilled to expand my role with IDG World Expo by assuming the overall management of Macworld Conference & Expo," said Paul Kent, vice president, IDG World Expo. "The Mac marketplace is one of the most dynamic and exciting environments in the world. I look forward to continuing the tradition of innovation that makes Macworld the definitive meeting place for customers to experience the most brilliant products in the technology industry."

"Paul's passion for Apple products, his longstanding relationship with Macworld and his proven record as an event professional make him uniquely qualified for this leadership role. We are delighted to have Paul on board," said Dick Blouin, president, U.S., IDG World Expo.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (http://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. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), 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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