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Peter Olson


Harvard Law School, J.D., Law
Harvard Business School, M.B.A., Finance
Harvard University, B.A.

During Peter’s career in law, banking, publishing, and education technology he was CEO for twenty years, including ten years as CEO of Random House, the world’s leading trade book publisher. In 2001-2002 he was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Vienna, and during 2008-2013 he was a professor at Harvard Business School. Peter is married to Candice Carpenter Olson and has seven children. He is a mountain biker and enjoys reading in English, German, and Russian.

Following his career as CEO, Peter became a CEO Coach and Advisor. He works with McKinsey as a Senior Advisor to CEOs, and he also coaches highly talented individuals. His focus in coaching is to design approaches specific to each client, and he emphasizes strategic and tactical changes that can make clients more effective in their careers and happier in their personal lives.

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