CMP Media Launches Full Service Global Custom Events

Investment in Custom Events Division Establishes CMP Media as Industry Leader

Mar 15, 2006

CMP Media today announced the launch of a full-service global custom events group led by industry veteran, James Lonsdale-Hands. The new service, CMP Custom Events, will leverage recent CMP acquisitions of key industry event producers including Shorecliff Communications, Black Hat and MediaLive International's Technology Media Group, which produces significant events such as Interop and Web 2.0. CMP Media is now the largest producer of hi-tech events in the world.

"Marketers are seeking a solution provider who has the attention of buyers and can guarantee higher audience quality, content programs, and more effective marketing messaging, as well as providing quality event services," said James Lonsdale-Hands, Managing Director of CMP Custom Events. "Hi-tech companies see CMP as an industry leader and a strategic marketing partner."

The Custom Events division will provide turnkey event consulting and management services, including program development, content planning and execution, messaging, audience acquisition, and complete event execution. Solutions include Road Shows, Forums, Roundtables, as well as major Custom Conferences. CMP Custom Events is part of CMP's Integrated Marketing Solutions (CIMS) Group.

"CMP Custom Events will offer hi-tech marketers several unique advantages," said Joseph Braue, Senior Vice President of CIMS. "Only CMP delivers the highly qualified audiences of publications such as InformationWeek, CRN and EETimes -- each of which is the leader in its segment within the high-tech value chain."

"In addition, we'll be able to co-locate custom events at all of our established branded events -- including our recently acquired ones. And, since CMP Custom Events is part of CIMS, it will be able to create custom events within a total cross-media program that magnifies, prolongs and greatly expands the reach of the custom event to the entire market the vendor is targeting," continued Braue.

To lead the new division, CMP recruited Lonsdale-Hands, a 25-year industry veteran, who has worked for several leading custom event agencies. Lonsdale-Hands spent the last five years with George P. Johnson Co. and Conference Planners.

Lonsdale-Hands will lead an integrated team of agency, vendor marketing, and publishing executives. As part of its team, CMP Custom Events will leverage the expertise of Karen Gainey, who previously headed Global Events at Oracle Corporation, and Julie Marple, who has had senior event positions at Oracle and Wingate Web. Custom Event content will be overseen by Elliot Kass, who is Editorial Director of Custom Content at CMP.

For additional information on CMP Custom Events, go to or call 987-387-9116.

CMP Integrated Marketing Solutions (CIMS) Group

CMP's Integrated Marketing Solutions (CIMS) Group blends the information needs of the business technology buyer and the messaging needs of the marketer. The result is a targeted, high-impact, effective sales and marketing tool that surrounds the buyer with valuable and compelling content. By controlling the content, context and medium, an integrated marketing solutions program can deliver key messages and solidify brand identity; present a unique and fresh perspective; establish ongoing dialogue that helps to predict future needs; create a feedback mechanism, motivate buyers to take action; and collapse the buying process cycle. The CIMS Group offers contract publishing, content services, database marketing, custom events, partner marketing programs, and custom media.

About CMP Media

CMP Media is a marketing solutions company serving the technology, healthcare and lifestyles industries. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP Media has earned the confidence of more professionals and enthusiasts in these fields than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in each of these industries in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Media is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

  Alix Raine
  CMP Media


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