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Questex Appoints Gideon Dean Executive Vice President of Travel Media Group

August 21, 2008 By: Travel Agent Central Contributor

Questex Media Group, Inc. announced today it has named Gideon Dean, a 25-year travel and hospitality industry veteran, its Executive Vice President, Travel Media Group, which includes Travel Agent, Luxury Travel Advisor, and Home-Based Travel Agent magazines, Travel Agent University,, the Premier Hotels & Resorts directory, Five Star Alliance and additional related digital media products. Dean joins Questex September 2 and will be based in Alexandria, VA.

“We are very pleased to have an executive with Gideon’s background and industry experience joining Questex to lead our travel industry team," said Kerry Gumas, Questex President and CEO. "We have successfully completed significant product development, launch and acquisition initiatives during the last year enabling us to further strengthen our position as the most comprehensive integrated B2B media, information and transaction platform serving the travel industry.

“The addition of Gideon to our senior management team demonstrates our continued commitment to serving the travel industry—professionals, suppliers and consumers alike—in new and innovative ways. Gideon brings a customer-focused vision, extensive hospitality and travel market knowledge and an impressive background in electronic distribution and Internet marketing to the role, as well as a clear understanding of our clients’ and customers’ objectives and the know-how to best align our resources to serve them.”

Dean joins Questex from TIG Global, LLC, a provider of interactive marketing services for the hospitality and travel industry, where he was senior vice president of global hospitality sales & marketing. Before joining TIG Global, Dean operated in key sales and executive management roles over a 10-year career with Pegasus Solutions, one of the largest third-party marketing and reservation providers in the world. At Pegasus Solutions, he ran international operations from the London office before moving to the U.S. to lead the worldwide sales, account management and service delivery functions for all Pegasus’ products and services. Dean also has a background in hotel operations, including five years with Southern Sun Hotel Corporation in South Africa. He has also held management positions with Utell International and Reed Travel Group for six years.

John McMahon and Ruthanne Terrero, who were recently promoted to the positions of Vice President-Sales & Marketing/Group Publisher and Vice President-Content/Editorial Director, respectively, will report to Dean.

Questex Media Group, Inc. is a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA. Questex serves multiple industries including technology, beauty, spa, travel, hospitality, leisure, home entertainment, industrial specialties and service industries through a range of well-established, market-leading publications, events, interactive media, research, information and integrated marketing services.

The company's businesses are managed through operating companies including Questex Media Group and five subsidiaries; InfoTrends, Inc., the world's leading strategic research and advisory services provider to the document management and communications industries; McLean Events International, Ltd., a world-leading producer of appointment-based events; Imaging Network, a leading business-to-business multimedia marketing company serving the office products channel; Five Star Alliance, the leading online luxury hotel booking service for the affluent traveler; and Oxford Publishing, Inc., publisher and tradeshow producer serving the beverage and food industries. The company's combined operations include more than 450 employees in offices throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe

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