Maryfran Johnson is an award-winning IT journalist and editorial executive. She was named Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events in January 2009, serving a unique dual role for seven years as the magazine's top editor and editorial content creator for IDG's extensive portfolio of national and regional CIO events.
After CIO closed its print edition in November 2015, Maryfran remained Editor in Chief of CIO’s 10 annual events, creating the agendas and recruiting the speakers. An accomplished public speaker, she serves as conference moderator for the CIO 100 Symposium and 9 regional CIO Perspectives events. She also works as an adjunct research analyst with IDC’s IT Executive Programs, where she writes about digital business transformation and leadership issues.
Maryfran brings more than 30 years of experience covering IT leadership, technology and business trends to her various roles, along with an extensive network of CIO contacts built during previous leadership positions as Editor in Chief of IDG's Computerworld and Founding Editor of CIO Decisions magazine. She is a member of the Babson College Information Technology Divisional Advisory Board.
Maryfran holds an M.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University, where she was a Kiplinger Fellow, and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida. She spent 10 years as a reporter at daily newspapers in Florida, Washington State and Ohio before joining the technology industry press in 1989.