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Ladies and Gentlemen – Elvis has left the building!

Danny Sullivan is leaving Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies. The creator of the two most popular brands of our industry is not going to be leading them any more. It came as a big shock to me an d could hardly believe it was true, till I read the great man’s own words..

“I was concerned about moving forward with Incisive, however. I’m far from the only reason behind the success of SEW and SES, but I’ve played a major role. I helped build both of those assets. Then I watched one company sell them to another without me having any formal capital stake in the sale. That left me wary of history repeating itself. I wasn’t going to help this new company grow the business out of the sheer kindness of my heart.

I explained these reservations at the very beginning of my relationship with Incisive, that I needed some long-term incentive for helping them continue to grow and strengthen the site and conferences. After over a year of talks, that’s failed to materialize. As a result, I’m departing.”

I am sorry for SES and SEW. I don’t think they will ever be the same. As for Danny I am sure he has something bigger and better up his sleeve.

Good Luck Danny!!

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