International Data Group Named One of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 15, 2004 – International Data Group (IDG) has been selected by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in its annual survey. The leading global technology media, research, and event company was the only media firm in the 2004 ranking. It is the fourth consecutive year that IDG has been recognized by FORTUNE.

FORTUNE noted IDG’s decentralized management style that allows departments to determine rewards such as bonuses and time off. Two-thirds of the total score for each company was based on an opinion survey randomly sent to employees.

“Since 1964 we have focused on building an organization that is a rewarding place to work and that meets customer requirements,” said Patrick McGovern, founder and chairman, International Data Group. “IDG operates via the corporate values of respect and dignity for each individual. We invest in our people, foster an action-oriented ‘let’s try it attitude’, and keep responsive to the marketplace.”

Despite the difficult technology market the past few years, IDG has retained a position in the “100 Best Companies to Work For” since 2001. It was one of only two Massachusetts companies to be recognized in the 2004 report. In a PRWeek/Impulse Research survey of almost 200 CEOs last fall, 60 percent said the FORTUNE recognition was the most influential corporate reputation scorecard, the second highest among 15 selections.

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®, Macworld Conference and Expo® COMNET® Conference and Expo, DEMO®, 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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