IDG’s ITworld.com Continues Aggressive Recruitment Effort, Adds Three New Executives

BOSTON– 01/19/2000 — ITworld.com, the IT problem-solving network.(TM) announces three new appointments to the executive team. Augmenting its already strong management, ITworld.com has named Jean-Olivier Holingue as Vice President, Technology; Mark O'Donnell as Vice President, Finance; and Mark Schlack as Vice President, Editorial Director. This latest announcement comes on the heels of a series of executive appointments made earlier this month.

"I am pleased to announce the appointments of Jean-Olivier Holingue, Mark O'Donnell, and Mark Schlack," said Bill Reinstein, ITworld.com President and CEO. "This trio demonstrates excellence in the fields of technology, finance, and publishing, ensuring that ITworld.com will exemplify the high quality associated with the IDG brand. Given the caliber of executives that we have added to our roster and the unparalleled content we have to offer, we will fulfill our promise of becoming the IT problem-solving network.(TM) when we launch the site next month."

Jean-Olivier Holingue, Vice President of Technology

Jean-Olivier Holingue is a distinguished authority on Internet and Web development, recognized for his achievements among the professional and academic communities. For the last 15 years, Holingue has developed and managed many database applications, multimedia projects, and Internet sites in Europe, the Far East, and the United States. While a member of the computer science faculty at University of Paris, Holingue earned a reputation as a leader in his field, publishing numerous books and papers on software development technologies, telecommunication projects, and Web applications. His professional career reflects experience working for major publishing companies, including Bordas, International Thomson Publishing, Addison-Wesley, and IDG. Holingue holds a Master of Science from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He also holds a doctoral degree in applied economics from L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (also known as Sciences-Po) in Paris.

Mark O'Donnell, Vice President of Finance

Prior to joining IDG, Mark O'Donnell was Vice President, Finance at Cahners Business Information, responsible for the overall financial management of the Cahners In-Stat Group and the Direct Marketing Division. Previously, he worked for AlliedSignal, developing a sales incentive system for the Automotive Aftermarket Division and playing a key role in the restructuring of the Company's Bendix Brake business. His experience includes five years as Director of Corporate Finance for General Cinema Corporation, where he raised more than $500 million in capital in both the private and public markets. O'Donnell holds degrees from Columbia University and the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.

Mark Schlack, Vice President, Editorial Director

Mark Schlack has worked in technical journalism for 16 years, winning both a Jesse H. Neal Award and Certificate, as well as several American Society of Business Press Editors honors. His career includes positions with Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, covering biotechnology, and Cahners Publishing, where he initially covered manufacturing and later held various editorial positions at Datamation. Schlack was appointed editor in chief of BYTE magazine in 1996, refocusing the publication on the technologies critical to business computing. In 1998, he became the vice president of content for EarthWeb. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and has studied engineering at Northeastern University and biotechnology at Harvard University.

ITworld.com

Including eight leading IDG websites and drawing upon IDG’s global editorial team of 2,000 journalists and 400 research analysts, ITworld.com will provide the most complete dimensions of IT content, making it the most trusted problem-solving network for Enterprise IT Professionals. For more information, please see www.itworld.com.

ITworld.com is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through http://www. idg .net, which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.