Search agency head Alan Rimm-Kaufman dies

Jul 20, 2009 by

Alan Rimm-Kaufman, co-founder and CEO of search marketing agency The Rimm-Kaufman Group, died Saturday after a battle with leukemia. He had undergone 16 months of chemotherapy and had received a bone marrow transplant.

Rimm-Kaufman’s co-founder George Michie had been acting CEO and took over that position permanently on July 1.

Rimm-Kaufman co-founded The Rimm-Kaufman Group in 2003 after leaving a position as vice president of marketing at electronics retailer Crutchfield Corp. He built the company into a leading consultancy and then into a search marketing agency in a short period.

“The Rimm-Kaufman Group remains a strong and vibrant company,” Michie says. “We remain committed to providing both thought leadership in the industry and peerless results for our clients. Like any good leader, Alan built this team to be stronger than any individual member. Our growth and continuing success during his 16-month absence is a tribute not only to his vision, but also to our well-established shared vision for the company.”

Rimm-Kaufman also was a visiting professor in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He held a doctorate degree in operations research from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BS degree with honors in applied mathematics from Yale University.

Rimm-Kaufman was 41 and is survived by his wife and two children. The family requests contributions to the Alan Rimm-Kaufman Legacy Fund, CBI Preschool, 501 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22902.

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