Benny Gaon

Benny Gaon

In 1998 Benny Gaon established the “Gaon Holdings” Company.

At this stage, Gaon already had an impressive record in managing leading companies in the Israeli economy, among them: ‘Koor Industries’ Group, where he served as CEO and led the rehabilitation process for a decade.

During the course of his life, he has served in and led numerous additional companies, and among his varied positions has served as CEO of ‘Tadiran Consumer Products’, CEO and Chairman of ‘Coop HaRibua HaKachol’, and as Chairman of ‘Delek’, ‘HaMashbir LeTzarchan’ and ‘Ikea Israel’.

In 1997 he published his first book, “Only the Bold Prevail”, which tells the story of the events of the turbulent years during which he managed Koor. In 2006, his second book was published, “Managerial Soul-Searching” in which he focused on his managerial contemplations.

To this day these books provide inspiration for many managers in Israel and are studied by the future generation of managers. Gaon believed that the Israeli management stratum had an additional responsibility “beyond the bottom line” – to devote itself to social, community and political goals that would ensure the continued prosperity of the State of Israel. “Without a healthy country”, he used to say, “We will not have an economy in which to operate.”

Among his public functions, he served as Chairman of the Committee for Developing Business with the Arab Countries, in the framework of the Israel Industrialists Association; he served as a member of the Trustees of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and of the Tel Aviv University as well as Chairman of the MIL. He also contributed for the benefit of the public in his positions as Chairman of the Israel-Jordan Chamber of Commerce, as founder and Chairman of the Moshe David Gaon Center for Ladino Culture at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, as Chairman of the America-Israel Friendship League and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College of Engineering in the name of Sami Shimon in Beersheba.

Gaon was very actively engaged in promoting coexistence with the Arab countries and to promotion of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Moreover, he was awarded numerous prizes for his contributions and activities on behalf of Israeli society: Prize for Industry in 1995, Max Perlman Prize for Excellence in Global Business Administration, Romanserio Prize for Economics from Tel Aviv University and the Prize for International Cooperation from the Israel-California Chamber of Commerce.

Gaon was awarded the “Jerusalem Shield” by the Prime Minister, Mayor of Jerusalem and the International Forum for a United Jerusalem. From 1993, Benny Gaon served as president of the Israel Cancer Association. He passed away on November 5, 2008, aged only 73.

 

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