Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> January 10, 1999

Thomas L. Kemp – Penton Media Inc (pme)

THOMAS L. KEMP joined Penton Media, Inc. as its Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Mr. Kemp's publishing career spans more than 25 years. He spent 22 years with San Francisco based Miller Freeman, Inc., and was Miller Freeman's President & COO in 1996, when he left the company to join Penton. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Kemp was Miller Freeman's Executive Vice President & COO. He also held a series of executive, publishing management and sales positions with Miller Freeman since he joined the company in 1974. Mr. Kemp is a Director and Treasurer of Business Publications Audit (BPA) International and a Member of the organization's Executive Committee. He is a Director of the Business Press Educational Foundation, and a Former Director of the American Business Press (ABP) and the Association of Medical Publishers. A frequent speaker at publishing industry events, Mr. Kemp has presented at the Folio: Show Magazine Conference, Folio: s M2 Magazine Management Conference, ABP's Top Management and Spring Conferences, Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Press Editors. In January 1998, Mr. Kemp was named runner-up Business Publisher Of The Year by The Delaney Report, an international newsletter for marketing, advertising, and media executives. Mr. Kemp was named 1997 Business Magazine Person of the Year. Mr. Kemp graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1973. Profile
TWST: Could you please start with some background on the company, a

little history and where it is now?

Mr. Kemp: Penton is one of the largest business media companies in the

United States,