Virgo Publishing LLC, the parent company of Inside Self-Storage, Inside Self-Storage World Expo, Self-Storage Talk and the Self-Storage Training Institute, has appointed John Siefert as its new CEO and a member of the board of directors. He replaces Jenny Bolton, who co-founded Virgo in 1986. Bolton will stay on as a member of the board and a senior advisor to the company.
Siefert joins Virgo following an impressive career with United Business Media (UBM), where he most recently led the InformationWeek and Tech Web teams as senior vice president. During his 15-year tenure at UBM, Siefert was instrumental in guiding the business through a major transformation to digital media. He led InformationWeek and nine other leading editorial brands and was responsible for the strategic direction, growth strategy and evolution of a multi-faceted online, print, event and services network covering the corporate technology market. He also served in other roles including group publisher of network computing and national director.
“I am thrilled to welcome John as CEO of Virgo,” said Bolton. “I am confident that John will provide the vision and leadership needed to accelerate our mission to continue to innovate in our markets and for our clients, and further establish our products and services as the leading information franchises for the communities we serve.”
Virgo (www.vpico.com) is an integrated business-to-business information-services company delivering tradeshows and conferences, print and e-media, and online education to key growth markets. With 17 brands and an expanding online platform, Virgo leverages its category-leading events, publications and other media to provide solutions for the self-storage, healthcare, natural products and telecommunications industries as well as other niche businesses. Virgo is a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm.
“The team at Virgo has built an impressive business, with leading offerings in its markets, and I look forward to building on the company’s culture of providing exceptional service and high return on investment for our clients,” said Siefert, “Virgo has an excellent team of committed professionals, and I am looking forward to leading the company into the next phase of growth.”