IDG World Expo Appoints New VP to Manage LinuxWorld and OSBC Brands

FRAMINGHAM, MA – July 19, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced the appointment of Melinda Kendall as Brand Vice President of IDG World Expo. Kendall will be responsible for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo and Open Source Business Conference (OSBC).

Kendall has nearly 20 years of B2B media experience including positions at ZD Events, Ziff Davis Publishing and MediaLive International. While at ZD Events, Kendall managed a division responsible for Java Internet Business Expo, Web INNOVATION, and the Global Information Infrastructure Awards. Kendall also successfully launched COMDEX/Enterprise Conference and Expo. Most recently Kendall has been serving as the Acting Vice President of Event Audits for BPA Worldwide, the leading media auditing company.

"We're excited to have Melinda Kendall on board to assume management of our Open Source brands," said David Korse, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Melinda knows both the IT sector and the events business very well. She is a very experienced senior sales, marketing and strategic brand manager, and we expect her to be an important contributor to 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. 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), 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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