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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Bob Boucher, R.I.P. 

Robert N. Boucher Jr. Obituary

One of b2b media's long-time senior execs and serial entrepreneurs, Bob Boucher (the former CEO of Gralla, Cardinal Business Media and Boucher Communications), died this past week of complications from a brain tumor. He was 59.

My thoughts and prayers to his family.

(Couldn't help noticing that Bob lived in a town called Media. Don't we all?)

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Monday, February 13, 2006

A Quality Guy 

McCurdy to succeed Cobert as CEO of Canon Communications

Bill Cobert has left Canon Communications, and I'd like to take a moment to praise him. I've only met Cobert a few times, but each time I was thoroughly impressed.

He did a terrific job of building Canon--a company I knew as a small player in West Coast b2b when I worked for a then-small player in West Coast b2b--into a powerful, valuable and eminently saleable franchise.

I take heart in the following grab from the Folio: article (linked above):

[JEGI's Richard] Mead predicted that after he takes a break, “Cobert will come back to the b-to-b world, he just won’t compete with Canon.”

I look forward to Bill Cobert's return to b2b.

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