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In Memoriam
In Memoriam: Oren Harari, Ph.D.

Author, speaker and cutting-edge thinker, Dr. Harari was internationally recognized for his expertise in strategic and global managment.

Dr. Oren Harari, who gained worldwide acclaim as a New York Times best-selling business author, charismatic keynote speaker, and business thought leader, died in April, 2010 at his home in San Anselmo, California following a heroic battle with brain cancer.

Dr. Harari received his Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and after a short stint as a consultant with the U.S. Navy joined the faculty of the University of San Francisco by advising various California business firms.

In 1984, Dr. Harari joined The Tom Peters Group, where he quickly gained attention as one of the firm’s most popular keynote speakers. It was this experience that launched his career on the international lecture circuit and established him as an up-and-coming management thought leader.

In 1989, as a Professor of the McLaren Graduate School of Business at the University of San Francisco, he spent 6 months traveling, living, and working in Africa. His work there culminated in the publication of his first book, “Lessons from South Africa,” which challenged the foundation of apartheid in South Africa and offered prescriptions for companies and governments to drive growth in developing countries.

While at the Tom Peters Group, Dr. Harari became a senior columnist for the American Management Association’s monthly magazine, “Management Review.” His column, Harari at Large, established a wide following of loyal readers around the globe. One of his most popular columns was on the leadership principles of Colin Powell. Demand for reprints of the article was so great that it would inspire Dr. Harari’s 2002 New York Times best-selling book, “The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell".

In the early 1990’s, Dr. Harari was teaching global and strategic management to MBA and executive MBA students. It was there that he met fellow academic, Nicholas Imperato, and together they would author, Jumping the Curve, a popular book on business strategy that was named by Library Journal as one of the best books of 1994.

In 1996, Dr Harari left The Tom Peters Group to launch an independent writing and speaking career. He joined forces with Leading Authorities, Inc., a Washington, DC-based lecture agency and publishing company, and rapidly became one of the firm’s most sought-after public speakers. One year later, he released his third book, Leapfrogging the Competition, which was ranked as one of the “Top Ten” business books of 1997 by Management General. Several other books also captured national and international attention, among them, The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell and Break from the Pack.

Dr. Harari’s success as a business thought leader earned him global recognition. He spoke on every continent, save Antartica, and the Financial Times named him one of the forty “best minds” in the world on business management. Born in Tel Aviv, Dr. Harari emigrated with his parents to Mexico in 1954. His family moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1956 and that is where he spent his formative years.

Dr. Harari earned his B.S. degree from San Diego State University, where his father was a Professor in the College of Sciences. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in business from UC Berkeley. His success professionally was matched by his love and passion for the outdoors, the game of tennis, and music. He could make the Allman Brothers Band song “Jelly, Jelly” sound like it was performed by Scott Joplin or Eric Clapton. While he enjoyed more than his share of professional success, Dr. Harari’s greatest love was for his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Leslie, their two sons, Jordan and Dylan, his parents Herbert and Rut Harari, his sister Tal, and nieces Ilana and Ariel.



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