Robert Krakoff, CEO of Nielsen Business Media, Dies at 72

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This is a huge loss for the media industry: B-to-b publishing veteran Robert Krakoff, CEO of Nielsen Business Media, has died at the age of 72. He died suddenly last night in his apartment in Boston, according to a memo distributed this morning to Nielsen Co. employees by chairman-CEO David Calhoun, who did not provide any more details, reports BtoBonline.
Krakoff was a legend and fixture in the B2B media industry. Prior to joining VNU he was chairman-CEO of media consulting firm Blantyre Partners. For years he ran Advanstar Communications and was also a former vice chairman of Reed Elsevier. He was also chairman of American Business Media in 2003-04.

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