Former 1105 GovInfo group publisher Evilee Ebb joins TechTarget

Tuesday - 3/3/2009, 2:37pm EST

Evilee Ebb

Evilee Ebb

We told you earlier that Evilee Ebb had left the 1105 Government Information Group has a new gig. She quietly has a new job — Monday was her first day at TechTarget, the Needham, Mass.-based print and online IT publishing company.

TechTarget has been carefully watched, but has not made its way into the government market. More on TechTarget here.

TechTarget had been growing rapidly and had a $100 million initial public offering in May 2007. But recent months have been harsh on most publishers — most media outlets, to be honest. In December 2008,TechTarget was forced to lay off about 12 percent of its workforce, the Boston Business Journal reported.

Ebb’s hire a coup for TechTarget. She was something of a legend at IDG, where she spent 19 years leading Network World, where she was able to grow the publications online brand.

That being said, Ebb’s hire mostly likely means that TechTarget isn’t looking at entering the government market anytime soon. Ebb has told friends that she would not join a publisher that was in competition with 1105 Media, so… draw your own conclusions.

Ebb started at TechTarget — somewhat quietly — on Monday.

Meanwhile, at 1105 Government Information Group, no word on who will replace Ebb as group publisher. While there has been a lot of buzz about the return of Jeff Calore, the publisher at Hanley Wood Business Media and previously served as 1105 GovInfo’s general manager. Calore has told numerous friends that he is not interested in the post. So we’ll just have to stay tuned.