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Friday, September 14, 2012

Nicholas Rudd, 69

Nicholas Rudd, a longtime Westport resident active in community affairs, died Sept. 14. He was 69.

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Nicholas Rudd: marketing expert. Contributed photo

He was owner/principal of a management consultancy, The Anderson Rudd Co. Inc., and principal in a unique merchant bank, AMG Capital Advisors LLC.  His personal focus was on providing insight and perspective to facilitate and accelerate businesses, programs and projects.

Skilled in facilitating strategic planning meetings for organizations of all types and sizes, he was most interested in assisting clients in developing their own solutions.

He spent more than 31 years with Young & Rubicam, Inc., with line responsibilities for client business in marketing communications as well as integrated marketing.

He built a global corporate function around human resources, training, organization development and strategic planning. He was accountable for large-scale systems interventions and bottom-line operations results, designing and facilitating programs and meetings around organizational change.

He also served as Y&R Inc.’s first Chief Information Officer and as Chief Knowledge Officer for Y&R subsidiary Wunderman Cato Johnson.

He was active in community affairs, serving as a board director of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra (marketing chair) and Columbia University Club of New York. He was a member of TEAM Westport, the town committee on multiculturalism, as well as a member of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism’s Peer Advisor Network.

He was a former board director of dot-com start-ups Communispace Inc. and CultureFinder Inc.

His other nonprofit affiliations included the National Choral Council (board chair), Volunteer Consulting Group (planning), BoardnetUSA (planning), Greenwich Choral Society (marketing and technology planning), Veritas Therapeutic Community, and National Neurofibromatosis Foundation.

He attended New York’s McBurney School, where he was the editor of the school newspaper, often stirring up controversy.

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Stirred controversy as high school newspaper editor. Contributed photo

“The editorial column was an instrument of radical purposes,” his 1960 high school yearbook noted. “Several articles raised an immediate furor, as the editor blithely broke tradition by supporting the Student Council and by writing critical analyses of several school policies.”

He then went on to Columbia University where he obtained a BA in liberal arts and later an MBA in marketing.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Anderson, children Ken and Alex and daughter-in-law Jessica, and grandchildren Avi and Lizzy.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at Abraham L. Green and Sons Funeral Home, Fairfield. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

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Posted 09/14/12 at 07:42 PM



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