Southborough, MA – November 12, 2004 – Network World, Inc. today announced that Neal Silverman has been named Vice President of Events and Executive Forums, effective immediately. Silverman, who has been with Network World since 2002, will build on the success of Network World's face-to-face events and Webcasts for Network IT professionals and other top executives in the technology industry. Silverman's new responsibilities include setting the strategic direction for Network World's events portfolio, and managing the operations, sales and audience development teams that insure Network World events and forums – including Technology Tours, Executive Forums such as Vortex and DEMO, and custom events – continue to exceed the information needs of highly qualified audiences.

Silverman, who most recently managed strategic sales for Network World events and forums, has an extensive background in technology-related sales and media having held positions with the U.S. News and World Report Fast Company team, CMGi's Solutions group and the Wall Street Journal. Silverman was also responsible for the launch of the Ziff Davis reseller publication, Smart Partner.

"Neal has been instrumental in bringing key stakeholders together at the already successful Executive Forums and Technology Tours," said John Gallant, president and editorial director, Network World. "With large tradeshows becoming less popular, conferences that focus on more targeted topics extend the reach of sellers and address key audiences are filling the information void. With Neal's appointment, we're going to capitalize on this trend."

Network World Executive Forums include DEMO (now celebrating its 15th year) to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, February 13 through 15, DEMO Fall to be held September 2005, and Vortex, scheduled for October 2005. Network World events include the four-city Technology Tours focused on topics like VoIP, security, wireless and other key technologies, as well as custom events produced for specific vendors and industry associations. "With limited budgets and time constraints, network, IT and business professionals need up-to-date information from highly regarded sources," said Neal Silverman. "The Technology Tours are a good example of how Network World brings information directly to audiences, qualifies all attendees and connects buyers with sellers, which really is what Network World Technology Tours have been doing successfully for 16 years."

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities.

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 & ExpoR, MacworldConference & ExpoR, DEMOR, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at