Tom Schwieters is responsible for sales, marketing, the events business and IT Executive Program for IDC across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, he manages sales activities across the geography, and provides direct key account support to some of the largest accounts in the region. He is also drives the development of the events business in the CEE region, recently spearheading the launch of a new high-touch CIO Summit event format in Europe. From 2005 until 2011, Schwieters managed the network of IDC's Central European operations in Hungary, Poland, Austria, the Adriatics, Southeastern Europe, and Israel. Having joined IDC as business development manager in 2000, Mr. Schwieters played a key role in growing the CEMA conference business from the ground up into a sizeable contributor to overall revenue and profitability.
Before accepting the position with IDC, Mr. Schwieters was a project manager with GE Capital. In this role, he led several large-scale projects at GEC's Hungarian subsidiary Budapest Bank, including the launch of a leasing company and the bank's Y2K remediation project. Prior to his work at GE Capital, Mr. Schwieters was an Associate at BZW, Barclay's former investment banking division, working as buy-side advisor on telecoms and energy privatization transactions in Hungary.
Mr. Schwieters holds an M.A. in International Business and Development Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts, USA, and a B.A. in German language and political science from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. He speaks German and Hungarian.