About CDM Media

CDM Media is a leading B2B technology marketing and media firm that specializes in reaching an elite audience of C-level executives through events and strategic online content.

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CDM Media is a leading B2B marketing and media firm specializing in providing C-level engagement with the world’s largest brands. With a combined 150+ years of industry experience, we’ve created an international community to foster relationships within the C-suite realm. Through these communities, we are able to deliver custom, result-oriented marketing solutions to technology and industry solution providers with a strong focus on customer service, value and integrity.

CDM Media’s communities span the following product portfolios:


Our summit portfolio focuses on delivering strategic opportunities to network and engage with top-level decision makers in a variety of geographic regions and vertical industries. Our summits provide a relaxed and intimate environment in which attendees can engage in interactive educational opportunities, in-depth conversations between end-users and solution providers, and exclusive networking opportunities.

Custom Events

We specialize in delivering what you need – and sometimes what you need is unique to you.  For this situation, we provide custom events to meet your exact requirements and marketing goals. Our custom events are designed by you, with a number of flexible formats which can integrate perfectly into your marketing plan and objectives.  Whether you’re looking for lead generation, relationship building, brand awareness or market research, our custom events give you the tools and information you need to impact your target audience and ultimately your organization’s bottom line.

Event Management

One of our specialties is event management, so why burden yourself with executing your own event when you can hire one of the best and brightest in the industry to do all of the hard work for you? Through our custom event portfolio we can run your next user-conference, sales kickoff meeting or company holiday party from start to finish, allowing you the freedom to focus on the on-site engagement.

Integrated Media

To support your specific marketing initiatives, our integrated media portfolio combines custom content creation and top-level online lead generation. CDM Media works with our clients to provide lead generation by syndicating engaging content to attract CIOs and technology executives, while highlighting IT products, services and research. In addition to content syndication, we can also develop custom content in a turnkey fashion by providing the necessary videography, design, production and marketing support and taking that burden away from our clients.

Social & Mobile

CDM Media’s strengths were founded in working with the technology industry. As such, we’ve honed our social media and mobile skills so we can use our expertise to provide you with consulting services to help develop the right message to reach the right audience on the right platform.


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Glenn Willis

Glenn is president and chief executive officer of CDM Media, a leading global custom design marketing company.

Joining the company in 2005 as VP sales, Glenn rose rapidly, serving in key leadership positions within the IMS division, corporate development and integrated marketing unit. Named to lead CDM Media in 2007, Glenn led the company's highly successful year to record profits and major growth.

With the goal of establishing CDM Media as the world's leading B2B technology marketing company, Glenn has sharpened CDM Media's strategic focus and concentrated its investments on three long-term growth opportunities: integrated media services, strategic business summits and custom design marketing solutions for leading global technology companies.

At the same time, Glenn has improved CDM Media's operating efficiency and execution as well as its financial performance and customer focus. The result has been increasing growth and profitability, creating greater value for customers and establishing a stronger competitive position.

Prior to joining CDM Media, Glenn spent seven years at an international publishing company, where he held a variety of management, operations, sales and marketing roles that culminated in his two-year tenure as SVP Global Operations. His leadership was marked by successful efforts to substantially improve sales, bolster the position of the company's product line and build a strong executive team.

Ross Abbott
VP Sales North America

Ross is vice president of sales, overseeing sales and event execution of our vertical business summits in North America. Ross has extensive experience in telecommunications where his career has seen him work in many of the world's emerging markets including China, India, Central Africa, Russia and the Middle East.

Before joining CDM Media in 2007, Ross previously worked at an international publishing company running what was then known to be their emerging markets division. His tenure there lasted for seven years where he was instrumental in providing extremely focused marketing platforms for Fortune 2000 companies in emerging sectors.

Ross, a native Australian, enjoys soccer, tennis, rugby union and fine cuisine.

Mark Southam
VP Major Accounts

Mark is vice president of CDM Media's SBS Division. He is responsible for leading all aspects of sales for both North America and Latin America, and for driving profitable revenue growth and customer satisfaction. Previously, Mark was sales director with the SBS Division heading up a sales team that was focused on growing CDM Media's vertical based projects. He also served as an account manager on the Major accounts team.

Prior to joining CDM Media, Mark held sales and sales management jobs for a number of startups and established media and technology companies where he drove revenue growth and managed profitability. Mark also trained as a civil and military pilot.

Mark enjoys numerous sporting interests, namely rugby, soccer and golf.

Rob Simms
VP Business Development & Event Management

Rob joined CDM Media in early 2009 and is responsible for managing the business development of new and existing summit concepts, together with managing all business processes during each event lifespan. This includes venue sourcing, event logistics, managing relationships with all attendees and final product delivery. Rob also works exclusively with the CDM Media C-suite executive network to drive each project content committee, the overall theme of each summit and the agenda topics that are covered during the live event. Rob boasts huge experience in event management and has produced multiple events around the world. Before joining CDM Media, Rob was head of events for a U.K.-based media company, a position he held for five years.

Prior to his career in event management, Rob worked for many years at the BBC as a radio and television sports broadcaster and commentator. This role involved him conducting continuous live feeds and interviews with both players and coaches, as well as full uninterrupted live commentary on soccer matches in the U.K. Rob also used to be the "eye in the sky" travel news presenter, broadcasting live traffic news bulletins from 2,000 feet in the air in an airplane.

Rob enjoys playing and watching soccer and is an avid Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He also enjoys golf.

Giulio Palma
SVP Operations and Chief G.R.C. Officer
VP President Board of Director & Treasurer

Giulio Palma specializes in international business and bilateral agreement. His work history and expertise is in Contract and Commercial trade agreements including litigation, as well as international Real Estate property transactions, business acquisitions and International Tax Law. He provides Debtor/ Creditor services including Compliance and Collections, as well as providing advice on issues for Financial Operations and credit issues both domestically and internationally. His experience includes representation in cases developing contracted partnerships in foreign territories.

Giulio has over 20 years of work history in the United States consulting a variety of clients regarding Compliance and Risk Management, including business operations. Prior to his work in the United States, Giulio provided legal services in Europe and various countries abroad.

Mike Deedigan
VP Talent Development

Mike is responsible for human resources operations at CDM Media and is charged with building the infrastructure and processes that will enable the company to attract, develop, motivate and retain the talent needed to achieve its business objectives.

Mike's role has nationwide coverage as he continues to drive and acquire talent that covers our U.S. expansion in 2011. Mike has more than 12 years of experience in the marketing and events world and has worked in Australia, London and New York in his tenure.

Before joining CDM Media, Mike held a number of senior management positions for two international publishing and event organizations, as well as News Corporation and Hilton International.

In his spare time, Mike likes to watch soccer, baseball and enjoys organizing social CDM Media events.

Client Testimonials

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CDM Media is proud to have worked with and continue working with leading Fortune 2000 CIOs, IT executives and technology solution providers. Click on the play button below to hear what our previous delegates and clients had to say or read their testimonials.

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"This event was much more productive than other summits or conferences. The business vertical focus is very important because everyone has the same interests, needs, and business problems to solve. My expectations were exceeded. This is a winning format."

Aspect Software

"We got real sales opportunities from the summit. We were looking to take a step up and get the Castlebay name in front of more CIOs in the industry. Not only were we successful in this brand recognition, but we actually generated sales leads as well. We closed one deal on site and came out of the summit with 10 leads."

CastleBay Consulting

"The Summit is an outstanding opportunity to interact with both peers and qualified vendors in an environment that is conducive to honest conversations that can benefit both us as a customer and them as a vendor. The knowledge gained by understanding the issues we all face is invaluable when one starts to think through possible solutions and methods to resolve them."

Clark Public Utilities

"Within this forum, I learned and gained more in two days than I could have in two to three months. The forum allowed me to be introduced to some really interesting vendors with terrific solutions. It also allowed me to further current partnerships and conversations I would previously not have had an opportunity to have. Follow-up conversations are already on the calendar."

Evolve, a Cincinnati Bell Company

"The format was very open and inviting, which resulted in nice interaction among the delegates. The length of the event was just right and the choice of venue was excellent! Agenda sessions were well planned and articulated. It demonstrated a sense of closeness to the topic."


"The audience was a great mix of commercial and public sector organizations. Thus, it is one single audience that we are rarely able to meet with in a single setting. It struck me that while we can have one-to-one meetings with these customers virtually anytime, the benefit of the conference is being in one location and meeting with multiple customers. The event was a very effective use of time and effort."


"The networking, think tanks, and general information sessions were well done and enlightening. There was a good mix of vendor and CIO presentations. I didn't attend one disappointing session. The working lunch was excellent. I enjoyed listening to CIOs willing to share their challenges."

The Children's Place

"Every aspect of the ITO America program is managed seamlessly. I was very pleased with the quality of the thought leadership content the ITO editorial and design team have produced for VMware. I was even more impressed with the leads the content was able to generate. Amongst the masses of online lead generation programs the CIO and senior IT executive leads delivered by ITO America truly stand out. VMware appreciates ITO America's ability to attract high-level contributors and their commitment to deliver results."


Press Releases

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April 02, 2014

Bank of England CIO Confirmed to Kickoff the CIO Finance Summit EU

CHICAGO, April 2nd, 2014—CDM Media is delighted to reveal John Finch, CIO, Bank of England, as the keynote presenter for the CIO Finance Summit Europe—October 15, 2014 in London, UK. As a prominent and respected CIO in Europe’s Finance industry, Mr. Finch will deliver a keynote presentation, providing valuable insight, as well as be interacting and collaborating with other attendees at the summit.

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April 01, 2014

CDM Media Launches New Video Series

CHICAGO, April 1, 2014 – CDM Media is excited to announce the launch of their new video series on YouTube, which gives viewers an inside look at sponsors and their personal success working with CDM. Each video focuses on the value CDM provides for each sponsor and how they help various organizations in different ways.

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February 19, 2014

CDM Media Announces Details for Inaugural Customer Experience Summit

CHICAGO, February 19, 2014 – CDM Media is pleased to announce details for the first Customer Experience Summit, March 16-18th, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago, IL. This will be a forum for innovative senior executives focused on creating the best customer experience within their organizations, across all industries.

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February 04, 2014

CDM Media Lands Prominent Keynote Presenters from Shell and JLT Group for CIO Summit EU

CHICAGO, February 4th, 2014— CDM Media is pleased to announce Jan Boll, VP and CIO Downstream at Shell and Ian Cohen, Group CIO at Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Group, as keynote presenters for the CIO Summit Europe—March 9-11, 2014 in London, UK. Well-known and regarded for their success in their respective industries, each speaker will deliver a keynote presentation and sit on an Executive Visions panel discussion, engaging in open discussions with top-tier CIOs from across Europe.

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January 22, 2014

CDM Eyes Prominent Partners for their 2014 Summit Calendar

CHICAGO, January 22, 2014—Looking to enhance their impressive growth from last year, CDM Media, the leading B2B marketing and media firm, stated today that they will be partnering with the foremost technology and analyst organizations, associations and media companies across all industries for their upcoming 2014 schedule of events.

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January 08, 2014

New Year, New Events from CDM Media

CHICAGO, January 8, 2014—CDM Media is delighted to announce their 2014 events schedule, which includes numerous networking summits spread throughout four continents. The leading B2B technology marketing and media firm will host 12 different summits in their first quarter of the year; kick starting their 2014 schedule with a Mining Summit in Cape Town, Africa, at the end of the month.

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Analyst, Media and Association Partners

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CDM Media establishes strategic relationships with technology analysts, media companies and industry associations in order to increase our reach among IT executive audiences and introduce our current audience to new technology resources.

We strive to create partnerships that are mutually beneficial and work with partners to ensure high quality results. CDM Media partners can expect to increase brand awareness and recognition among our audience through numerous marketing channels.

If you are interested in establishing a partnership with CDM Media, contact CDM Media at marketing@cdmmedia.com or by phone at 312.374.0800.