Apple will not attend Macworld Expo Boston 2004, despite this week's departure of CEO Charlie Greco from show organizers IDG World Expo, says the Boston Globe.

Apple told the newspaper that it would not participate in the planned Boston show. It also restated its earlier point that as IDG is not investing in New York, the company "now needs" to reevaluate its participation in New York 2003.

Despite this, an IDG representative told the Globe: "There's still plenty of time to negotiate."

In related news, Gartner Group has confirmed its appointment of Greco as senior vice president (VP) for worldwide events. He will report to Gartner Community VP and general manager Leon Shapiro.

Shapiro said: "We are thrilled to have an executive of Charlie's capability and experience to lead our efforts to broaden our focus and solidify our position as the world's premier provider of technology events."

Greco said: "I look forward to extending the Gartner brand and growing the business while maintaining the impact and unique influence that our conferences have within the IT sector."