Patrick J. McGovern

Founder & Chairman, International Data Group (IDG), USA

Patrick J. McGovern is the Founder and Chairman of IDG, which he founded in 1964. He launched Computerworld, now IDG’s fl agship publication, three years later. In 1972, IDG began exporting the Computerworld concept, launching Shukan Computer in Japan. In 1980, Patrick established the first joint venture between a US company and China. Today, IDG has more than 30 publications in China, the world’s fastest growing major IT market. In April 2004, Inc. magazine named Patrick one of its “25 Entrepreneurs We Love”. Among his many affi liations, Patrick has served as a Director of the Information Industry Association, MPA and the American Management Association.