Fawn Annan is the President and CEO of IT World Canada/IDG Canada. She is also a partner and CMO for a digital content agency called Amazing! Agency, which is ITWC’s creative arm.
Ms. Annan joined ITWC in 1995 as General Manager, Executive Programs, launching the publishing enterprise into C-level events and research projects. In 2008 she was promoted to Chief Strategy Officer, helping IT World navigate the turmoil that was descending upon the print industry. A few years later, in 2010, she assumed the role of President. In 2014 Ms. Annan invested as a shareholder in ITWC. In 2018 assumes the legal position of Chairman of the Board.
Ms. Annan is Founder and Chair of the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council, sits on the Ontario Board of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Vice-Chair on the national board of Canadian Women in Communications and Technology (WCT), Co-Chair of the Sara Kirke Declaration with CATA for gender parity, as well as part of the Advisory Council for CATA (Canadian Advanced Technology Association).
Ms. Annan has operated her own business and held senior positions in marketing and strategy with a variety of firms. In 2012 she received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for her contribution to the IT industry. In 2017 she was awarded the MISA/ASIM Dennis Steen Award and the RBC/CATA Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, recognizing her contributions to the industry.
She received her education in Canada, attending York University, studying Communications and Business. She also studied at Boston’s famous Babson College, which houses the IDG Publishing Institute. Ms. Annan is a firm believer in lifelong education, completing her MBA in 2017 on Media Leadership at Cumbria University in Northern England.