Bob Carrigan is CEO of IDG Communications worldwide, IDGâ€™s media and events subsidiary. He oversees IDGâ€™s media operations, including online, print, and events in 90 countries around the world. Prior to assuming his worldwide CEO role in 2008, Carrigan was responsible for business units in the U.S., including CIO and CSO, Computerworld, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PCWorld, GamePro, and IDG World Expo.
Carrigan returned to IDG in April 2003 as president and chief executive officer of Computerworld, bringing 15 years of publishing, marketing and sales experience to the position. He rejoined IDG from America Online, Inc. (AOL) where Carrigan was senior vice president in the Interactive Marketing Group. Carrigan joined AOL through its acquisition of Spinner.com, an IDG Ventures portfolio company, where he served as senior vice president, e-commerce and advertising for the Internet radio company.
Prior to Spinner.com, Carrigan spent seven years at IDGâ€™s PC World in several senior sales management positions. Carrigan began his career at IDGâ€™s Digital News as an intern while a college student.
He has been a speaker at numerous industry events and has served in leadership positions in trade associations. In 2011, Carrigan was elected as chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Carrigan became IAB chairman after serving as an IAB board member and a member of the Executive Committee at the media/advertising/technology trade association. Previously, he was secretary and a member of the board of American Business Media.
In 2009, Carrigan was named the CEO Innovator for large business publishers by Media Business and has been recognized in the annual Media Business list of â€œWhoâ€™s Who.â€ He is also a member of the Media Industry Newsletter (Min) Digital Hall of Fame and Min Sales Hall of Fame.
Carrigan graduated from Boston University with a bachelorâ€™s in business administration.