Ex-Wired Editor Phillips Joins PCWorld

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IDG Consumer & SMB (IDGCSMB), publisher of PCWorld, Macworld, and TechHive, has made an important addition to its editorial team, hiring accomplished tech editor Jon Phillips (pictured) as editor in chief of PCWorld.

Phillips, most recently senior editor in charge of Wired.com’s Gadget Lab channel, also served 16 years at Future US where he was Editor-in-Chief for Maximum PC and Editorial Director for the Future US Tech Group.

“We were looking for an expert tech journalist with brand leadership experience and a passion for the PC ecosystem. Jon brings that and more,” said Mike Kisseberth, president & CEO, IDG Consumer & SMB.

Phillips joins PCWorld at an exciting time in the evolution of the media brand. PCWorld products will have a sharper focus on the current and next generation of PCs and Windows-based technologies, and the site will relaunch next month with an innovative redesign that takes advantage of the latest in web standards and multimedia capabilities across desktop, tablet, and mobile platforms.

“The PC platform is entering a new renaissance — there’s an excitement surrounding PCs that I haven’t seen since the late ’90s when I started my career. We see risk and innovation in everything from ultrabooks and desktop all-in-ones to the mobile devices running Microsoft software,” explained Phillips.  “PCWorld has always been a respected source for expert reviews and product advice, and I’m excited to bring even more urgency and vibrancy to a reset of the brand.”  The new PCWorld will cover categories such as business, laptops, desktop PCs, software, security, mobile and Windows.

Phillips leads PCWorld under the direction of Jason Snell, recently named Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for IDG Consumer & SMB’s three media brands: PCWorld, Macworld, and TechHive.

Phillips lives in San Francisco.  He is a graduate of San Francisco State University.

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