TechWeb Announces New Positions and Promotions

Global Leader in Business Technology Media Expands Web, Global and Customer- Facing Resources

Mar 31, 2008

TechWeb, now a division of United Business Media LLC, today announced several new positions and promotions around its online platforms, the expansion of customer-facing resources, and the strengthening of its infrastructure for global business. Promotions include: Tom Smith as Vice President of Web Analytics; Greg Kerwin as Vice President of Global Development; Brandon Friesen as Vice President of Sales; Chris Harding as Vice President of Integrated Media; John Dennehy as Vice President of Finance; and Beth Rivera as Vice President of Human Resources. New to the TechWeb team are Martha Schwartz joining Harding as Vice President of Integrated Media, Mike Grover as Director of SEO Strategy, and Phil Ripperger as Director of Sales of TechWeb's Security Events portfolio.

"The success of our business is driven by the uniquely talented, passionate, and committed people that produce our market-leading brands and marketing services." said Tony Uphoff, CEO of TechWeb. "We're very excited to recognize people for their leadership, while also adding some new expertise to the team to meet the needs of our growing business".

With a significant focus on Web analytics and Search Engine Optimization, Tom Smith, formerly Editor in Chief of the TechWeb Network, has been promoted to Vice President, Web Analytics to leverage his Web-native expertise and knowledge across content operations and the entire digital network. Mike Grover worked for TechWeb as Director of Marketing during TechWeb's initial build out and returns to lead its search engine practice. Tom Smith will continue to report to SVP, Content Director Bob Evans and Mike Grover will report to Tom Smith.

As TechWeb grows its global presence, Kerwin's responsibilities have expanded, from internal business development for TechWeb's live events group to a global leadership role across the TechWeb portfolio. Kerwin will now report directly to TechWeb CEO Uphoff.

TechWeb has seen an unprecedented opportunity to deliver and manage integrated, cross-platform programs for technology marketers around the world. To fuel this growth, Martha Schwartz joins TechWeb from Ziff-Davis Enterprise where she was instrumental in building their online and integrated media business. Martha brings with her an extraordinary track record of building strong and successful programs for customers. Chris Harding continues in his leadership role of developing large-scale marketing programs for clients and will join Martha as Vice President of Integrated Media. Martha and Chris will report to Vice President and Publisher of InformationWeek and the TechWeb Network, John Siefert. Phil Ripperger joins TechWeb from First light ERA where he was Director of US sales. Phil will be responsible for driving integration programs between TechWeb security Events and online sites and will report to Vice President of TechWeb Event Sales, Marco Pardi.

Recognizing business and sales leadership that is driving the growth of TechWeb, the following promotions were announced -- John Dennehy from General Manager to Vice President of Finance, the promotion of Beth Rivera to Vice President of Human Resources and the promotion of Brandon Friesen to Vice President of Sales. John and Beth have been major contributors to the formation and growth of TechWeb. John and Beth will report to the CEO of TechWeb, Tony Uphoff. Brandon Friesen brings his strong customer and market knowledge to drive the sales strategy and execution for InformationWeek and the TechWeb Network. Brandon will continue to report to Vice President and Publisher, Siefert.

About TechWeb (

TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 10 million business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

  Contact: Scott Vaughan
           Vice President, Marketing Services, TechWeb


CONTACT: Scott Vaughan, Vice President, Marketing Services, TechWeb,

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