Los Angeles—Charles McCurdy, CEO of Apprise Media and chairman of Canon Communications, will add the additional role of CEO of Canon. He will succeed William Cobert, who is leaving to pursue other professional interests. Apprise, which is backed by private equity firm Spectrum Equity Investors, acquired Canon in May 2005 as a springboard for b-to-b investments. McCurdy, a co-founder of Primedia, told BtoB: “Our goal is to continue the organic growth path the company has been on and look for selective acquisitions that would expand our position in some very attractive markets.” He added he has no plans to divest any Canon properties. Canon, which was founded in 1979, serves the medical device, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, specialty packaging, electronics, semiconductor fabrication, plastics processing and other advanced technology markets.