BOSTON, MA – MARCH 26, 2003 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media company, today announced the appointment of Colin Crawford to vice president of new business development and operations. In his new position, Crawford will identify, evaluate, and recommend new business opportunities, handle strategic acquisitions and alliances for IDG, and coordinate operations between diverse IDG business units to share best practices and promote new growth.
“Growth is the best byproduct of computer industry change, and IDG is adding horsepower to grow by buying and partnering with media companies as well as by starting them,” said Pat Kenealy, CEO of IDG. “A decentralized company like ours names corporate vice presidents very rarely, but Colin’s nearly-two-decade track record at IDG, most of it running business units, has earned him the respect and the trust of the dozens of IDG publishers and country managers worldwide.”
Most recently, Crawford was president and CEO of Mac Publishing, L.L.C., where he was responsible for the strategic management and business development of the award-winning Macworld magazine and several online sites including Macworld.com, MacCentral.com, and the Macworld Product Finder. In his new role, Crawford will retain responsibility for IDG’s strategic relationship with Apple, with which he has been closely involved since 1987. Crawford will remain on the Board of Mac Publishing, and will work closely with the Macworld magazine management team as it assigns a new business leader.
“I look forward to developing new strategic alliances for IDG,” said Crawford. “IDG is strong at a time that many of our competitors are weak, and we can bring partners a unique combination of scale economies and reach on the one hand, and speed and autonomy on the other. I’m proud to be a publishing entrepreneur in a family of publishing entrepreneurs, and I’ll keep that mindset as I help IDG grow for the future.”
Prior to joining IDG, Crawford was managing director of Dennis Publishing Ltd., one of the largest independent publishers of computer magazines in the United Kingdom.
An influential member of the Apple Macintosh industry, Crawford is a regular speaker at key industry events and a board member of PC World and GamePro. Crawford holds an ACA from the U.K. Institute of Chartered Accountants and a B.A. from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He and his family reside in San Francisco, California.
About International Data Group (IDG)
Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people about information technology than any other company in the world and is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and events. IDG publishes more than 300 newspapers and magazines in 85 countries, led by the Computerworld, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, and CIO 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 330 websites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.
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