Michael Friedenberg, CEO, IDG Communications U.S.

Michael Friedenberg is CEO of IDG Communications U.S. overseeing IDG's U.S. B2B and consumer brands, as well as IDG TechNetwork (U.S.) and IDG World Expo.

Additionally, he is CEO and President of IDG Enterprise, an IDG company that develops strategic media properties and peer advisory services. Appointed in March 2009, Friedenberg oversees IDG’s award-winning brands, websites, products and services for CIO, CIO Executive Council, CFOworld, CITEworld, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World.

With 20+ years in the information technology media industry, Friedenberg is widely regarded as a dynamic leader and expert who keenly understands the media and hi-tech industry’s evolving needs. In 2012, Friedenberg was inducted into min’s Digital Hall of Fame and named as one of business media’s Top Innovators by BtoB’s Media Business. He was also named to min's Sales Hall of Fame in 2010 and ranked within BtoB magazine’s “Who’s Who” in business media for eight consecutive years. Friedenberg was awarded IDG’s Chairman’s Cup in 2007 and 2011 for managerial excellence and the IDG Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012.

Previously, Friedenberg advanced from UBM sales management positions to Vice President and Publisher of InformationWeek and, later, Vice President and Group Publisher of the InformationWeek Media Network and Co-Founder of Optimize. As VP/Group Publisher, Friedenberg set the vision, strategy and positioning of multiple brands across print, online, events and research services. Friedenberg’s career also includes work with Cardinal Business Media and ProPress.

Outside the walls of IDG, Friedenberg is widely regarded as an expert on issues of media, marketing and technology and is regularly quoted by publications including The New York Times, BtoB magazine, AdExchanger, Folio magazine and min. He is also a frequent guest speaker at many industry conferences and customer events such as the Federal Reserve Board, DigiDay, IBM, HP, Oracle, CA, Microsoft, Avaya, Infosys and Fujitsu.

Friedenberg graduated with a B.S. in business administration from the University of Delaware.

Sean Weglage, Senior Vice President, Digital, InfoWorld & ITworld

Sean Weglage brings 20 years of IT media sales experience to his role of Senior Vice President, Digital for InfoWorld and ITworld. In his current role, Weglage oversees digital sales and the go-to-market strategies for InfoWorld and ITworld. He also sits on the Executive Committee for IDG Enterprise. Weglage joined IDG as a Data Entry Specialist for Computerworld in 1993 and was promoted to multiple sales management positions at Network World and Computerworld, receiving "Sales Person of the Year" accolades four times. In 2010, he was promoted to Senior Vice President.

Weglage is a graduate of Plymouth State College in New Hampshire with B.A. in Business Management.

Farrah Forbes, Vice President, Digital Sales, InfoWorld

Farrah Forbes brings more than 10 years of digital media experience to her role as Vice President, Digital Sales for InfoWorld. In her current role, Forbes oversees digital sales and the go-to-market strategy for InfoWorld. She joined Computerworld (a division of IDG) in 2007 as Online Sales Manager, covering the west coast territory. Forbes was quickly promoted in 2008 to National Director, Online Sales for ITworld where she received the “Selling Across the Board” and “Sales Person of the Year” awards. She transitioned to the InfoWorld brand in 2010 as Account Director, Digital and was again recognized as “Sales Person of the Year.” In June of 2013, Forbes was promoted to Vice President of Digital Sales, InfoWorld.

Prior to joining IDG, Forbes spent 7 years in IT media including roles at Ziff Davis Media, Media Smith and TSI Communications.

Forbes is a graduate of San Francisco State University with B.S. in Business/Marketing and received her MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Eric Knorr, Editor-in-Chief

Eric has been the executive editor at InfoWorld for the past 4 years and is uniquely suited to take Infoworld.com and events editorial forward. He brings 20 years of technology journalism experience serving the needs of enterprise IT managers and before joining InfoWorld was the former editor of PC World magazine, the creator of the best-selling The PC Bible, a founding editor of CNET, and a veteran of several dot-com endeavors. Eric is also an award winning editor, receiving the Neal and Computer Press Awards for journalistic excellence.

Gregg Pinsky, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Digital Services

Gregg Pinsky has more than two decades of online and media experience within IDG media brands. As Senior Vice President & General Manager of Digital Services, at IDG Enterprise, he oversees the media website development, and online account services and advertising operations for multiple brands, including CFOworld.com, CIO.com, Computerworld.com, CSOonline.com, InfoWorld.com, ITworld.com, and Networkworld.com. In this role Pinsky has managed countless redesigns and enhancements to existing sites, the launch of CFOworld.com and Computerworld’s vertical sites, spearheaded mobile initiatives and numerous new ad unit developments, and led the development efforts for LeadAccel, an innovative lead generation, scoring and nurturing program.

Prior to his current role, Pinsky was Vice President of Online sales and Operations for Computerworld for three years and has held various sales roles within Computerworld. Pinsky is frequently quoted by media outlets including BtoB for his participation in innovative online programs, most recently LeadAccel.

Matthew Smith, Executive Vice President/Finance & Operations

Matthew Smith has been with International Data Group (IDG) for more than 20 years, holding senior management positions with Computerworld since 1987. Smith joined Computerworld as senior vice president of finance and operations, and is currently its executive vice president in charge of overseeing the finance and accounting divisions. In this role, he directs budgeting, forecasting and monthly accounting closings. Additionally, Smith manages all operational functions at Computerworld, including administration, facilities, production, distribution and human resources.

Prior to joining Computerworld, Smith was director of operations at IDG Peterborough (IDG/P), Inc., a division of IDG and a New Hampshire-based publisher of eight monthly computer magazines, including 80 Micro, inCider/A+, Microcomputing, AmigaWorld and Desktop Computing. There, he handled the preparation of the annual budgets and monthly forecasts, as well as the coordination of all legal matters involving trademarks, copyrights, litigation and contracts. Smith also played a principal role in negotiating the sale of the company to IDG Communications in 1983.

Smith holds a bachelor's degree in specialized business finance and a master's in education from Cambridge College. He has also served as a member of the board of directors for the Peterborough, N.H. and Metro-West Chamber of Commerce.

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