Syndicated Tech Journalists Dan Gillmor And IT Executives From FedEx and Verizon Wireless To Address IT Management At ComputerWorld’s 2nd Annual Mobile & Wireless World Conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 5, 2004 – IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," today announced that Dan Gillmor, technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, will provide an opening, visionary address at Computerworld's second annual Mobile & Wireless World (M&WW) conference, May 24-27, 2004, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. Additional headliners include Ken Pasley, vice president, FedEx Internet Technology Corporation and director of FedEx IT services, and Roger Gurnani, vice president and CIO of Verizon Wireless.

M&WW is a content-rich conference designed to arm IT executives and managers with valuable case studies and best practices from – and for – the enterprise. The four-day event will feature the successes and challenges of IT executives and will highlight services and products now available in the mobile and wireless arena. A large audience of IT executives from end-user companies is expected to rival the demographics of the inaugural event in 2003, which drew attendees with average company IT budgets of $235 million.

Gillmor, a veteran commentator on the technology industry, regularly writes a popular weblog on in addition to his Mercury News column. He has been syndicated in several U.S. newspapers and magazines and appears regularly on radio and television. Pasley provides leadership for the FedEx Express worldwide wireless and mobile architecture. In this position, he oversees strategy, engineering, and development of wireless technology, including FedEx PowerPad, FedEx Private Network and Bluetooth implementation. Gurnani is vice president and CIO for Verizon Wireless, provider of the nation's largest wireless voice and data network to 36 million customers. He is responsible for the company's information systems, portfolio development and operation of its data centers and communications facilities.

In addition to Gillmor, Pasley and Gurnani, numerous mobile and wireless end-user executives will present at M&WW including: Fred Gratke, assistant vice president, telecommunications, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway; Lance Perry, vice president of IT infrastructure, Cisco Systems; Marina Levinson, vice president and CIO, palmOne; and Linwood Hayes, senior vice president and CTO, Travel Inc. Presenters from large companies like Allstate Insurance and Pfizer will also deliver user case studies.

"As the mobile and wireless revolution continues to provide substantial opportunities for enterprise IT organizations to advance efficiencies and profits, M&WW will provide the executives who manage these enterprises with contemporary knowledge they can use right away," said Ron Milton, executive vice president at Computerworld. "We are honored to welcome Dan Gillmor, Ken Pasley, Roger Gurnani and our entire line-up of end-user speakers as they will provide our audience of senior IT executives with real-world advice on how to meet their mobile and wireless challenges."

For more information or to register for M&WW 2004, visit Organizations interested in becoming the conference underwriter or a sponsor may contact Leo Leger, vice president, strategic initiatives, Computerworld, at (508) 820-8212.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of IT management. Through its weekly print publication, website, focused conference series and custom research, Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network. Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence in the past five years, including a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage," 22 ASBPE awards and BtoB Magazine's "Media Power 50" in 2003. In print since 1967, Computerworld currently has a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of 1,869,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.10.0), and an online audience of over 900,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT management are available at

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 & Expo®, COMNET® Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at

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