International Data Group (IDG) founder and chairman Patrick J. McGovern dies

International Data Group (IDG) has announced that its founder and chairman, Patrick J. McGovern, died on 19 March 2014 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. He was 76 years old.

“IDG has lost a true visionary, and the IT community has lost one of its most exceptional citizens,” said IDG board chairman, Walter Boyd. “Pat’s foremost desire was for IDG to make the world a better place through the medium of information technology.  He created a unique workplace where we have the outstanding leadership team in place to ensure that the company he created will continue to grow and prosper.”

Information about a memorial service will be forthcoming. Remembrances and condolences can be shared online at or via email at

His death is a great loss to the industry, and FIPP will miss him dearly.

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