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TechTarget hires away 'Computerworld' editor in chief, former IDG exec

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Needham, Mass.--BtoB has learned that Computerworld Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson is leaving International Data Group for TechTarget. She is slated to start next Tuesday and her title will be editor in chief. Former IDG executive Joe Levy, who used to run CXO Media at the company, joined TechTarget this week as exec VP.
 
The two are said to be starting an initiative at TechTarget to reach top executives. The move is an indication that, as Mediasurvey.com editor Sam Whitmore predicted, TechTarget is using some of the $70 million in venture capital funding it received earlier this summer to raid rivals for key talent.
 
Johnson is a high-profile editor who received the inaugural Timothy White Award for courage in journalism from American Business Media earlier this year.
 
"We just wish her nothing but the best. She's done so much for us and has been just incredible," said Computerworld Publisher-President-CEO Bob Carrigan.
 
Levy founded CIO magazine. He was a director at Bitpipe and ran his own IT consultancy, the Quadragon Group.
 
Carrigan said that Don Tennant, news editor of Computerworld, has been elevated to editor in chief, effective immediately.
--Sean Callahan
 
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