CMP Further Bolsters the Expansion of Its Business Technology Group

Rob Preston Named Editor in Chief of InformationWeek; Stephanie Stahl Named Editor in Chief, Streaming Media for CMP; Art Wittmann Named Editor in Chief of Network Computing; and Light Reading Launches Dark Reading

Feb 28, 2006

CMP Media's Business Technology Group today announced an expansion of its offerings coupled with executive appointments that will positively impact how, when and where its customers connect with their target audiences.

Rob Preston has been named Editor in Chief of InformationWeek. Preston, who held senior editorial management positions at InformationWeek in the mid- 90's, succeeds Stephanie Stahl. He will be responsible for leading the editorial team as it breaks new ground in business technology journalism, solidifying InformationWeek's position as the leading technology newsweekly. Preston will also continue in his role as Editorial Director for CMP's Business Technology Group.

After five years at the helm of InformationWeek, Stahl has been named Editor in Chief of Streaming Media for CMP's Central Web Team. In this new role, she will retain strong links to the InformationWeek community of audiences and vendors while focusing on building out a portfolio of rich-media products including video/IPTV, webcasts, video blogs, podcasts, and other new content types.

Filling Preston's position as Network Computing's Editor in Chief will be current IT Architect Editor in Chief Art Wittmann. IT Architect will be closed following its March issue. Wittmann will continue to evolve many elements found in IT Architect and incorporate them into Network Computing; IT Architect's content will continue to be served online. Wittmann served as Editor of Network Computing and wrote its "On the Edge" column in the mid- 90's.

In related news, CMP's Light Reading division recently announced the launch of Dark Reading, an online computer security portal. Launching on May 1, Dark Reading's content will merge both the editorial found in Secure Enterprise magazine as well as TechWeb's Security Pipeline. The new security site will aggregate content developed by InformationWeek, Network Computing, CSI (Computer Security Institute), Black Hat and other CMP sources, as well as provide original content. Secure Enterprise will cease publication of the print edition after the March issue. Beginning in June, additional Secure Enterprise content will be incorporated into a quarterly security supplement to Network Computing magazine, reaching a circulation of 220,000 corporate and IT managers.

"We have vastly expanded our events portfolio, we are fortifying our profitable print properties and are shifting resources and investing heavily in our rapidly growing online properties in order to deliver our content and advertising customers the resources they need when and where they need them," said Fritz Nelson, senior vice president and group publisher of CMP's Business Technology Group "We believe that these changes will further bolster the expansion and diversity of our business, leading the way in the evolution of media and aligning our organization to create an unmatched array of media options for our customers."

About The Business Technology Group

Reaching the audiences that matter, CMP's Business Technology Group (BTG) is comprised of the industry's leading technology brands reaching the most critical business technology audience segments -- InformationWeek, Network Computing, Intelligent Enterprise, and Optimize as well as a vertical industry suite including Bank Systems & Technology, Insurance & Technology, Wall Street & Technology, Advanced Trading and Government Enterprise. In addition, the TechWeb Network provides technology professionals online access to content from all of these properties in addition to dedicated, original content sites. Complementing the print, online and event offerings from these brands, are live events such as Interop, VoiceCon, Web 2.0, RFID World, Collaborative Technology Conference, Mobile Business Expo, IPTV, Black Hat briefings, as well as the Computer Security Institute's CSI Conference and NetSec. The brands of the BTG have received the industry's leading media accolades, including top spots in BtoB Magazine's Media Power 50, Ozzie, Maggie and Eddie awards, Circulation Excellence Awards from Circulation Management Magazine and several awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

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.

  Lisa Rubino
  Associate Director, Marketing
  Business Technology Group
  (516) 562-7037

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