IDG’s Frank Cutitta Appointed To The Board Of The International Advertising Association

BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 7, 2000 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading provider of IT media and information services, today announced IDG Senior Vice President Frank Cutitta was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Advertising Association (IAA). In addition, Cutitta will serve as vice president and chairman of the Board’s newly formed Communications Committee. As the only global partnership of advertisers, agencies and representatives of the media, IAA promotes the critical role of advertising and protects commercial free speech.

Cutitta will work closely with other corporate members from the IAA’s five worldwide regions to develop the mission, objectives and top recruiting practices of the IAA’s new Communications Committee. An expert in both technology marketing and international communications issues, Cutitta has been with IDG for more than 14 years and is directly involved in IDG’s aggressive global expansion and strategic partnerships.

"With consumer privacy concerns quickly emerging as a critical issue in advertising and on the Web, the addition of accomplished business leaders like Cutitta and IDG strengthens our ability to address timely issues and protect the freedom of both commercial speech and consumer choice," said IAA World President David Hanger. "As vice president and chairman of the Communications Committee, Cutitta will play a crucial role in the proliferation of IAA’s worldwide communications objectives."

The IAA consists of more than 5,000 marketing communications professionals and corporate members from leading, multi-national companies in the advertising industry. Key IAA initiatives include the formation of the "Campaign for Advertising," a global, all-media campaign designed to promote advertising and its contributions to daily life; industry leading symposia on advertising and the media, which demonstrate and reinforce their critical co-dependence in a free market economy; and research reports relating to the advertising industry’s economic impact on developing countries.

About the International Advertising Association (IAA)

The IAA’s network includes more than 5,000 members in 99 countries, which account for 99% of the world’s advertising expenditures, including nearly 1,800 Associate (Young Professional) Members, 87 Corporate Members, 61 Organizational Members (other organizations), 57 chapters in 56 countries, and the World Secretariat in New York. For more information, go to www.iaaglobal.org.

About International Data Group (IDG)

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $2.56 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, CIO and For Dummies global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and IDG's research arm IDC, provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.