Orit Gadiesh

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Orit Gadiesh
Orit Gadiesh - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2010.jpg
Born (1951-01-31) January 31, 1951 (age 67)[1]
Haifa, Israel[2]
United States
Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem (BA)
Harvard Business School [3](MBA)
OccupationManagement consultant
Bain & Company
Spouse(s)Grenville Byford

Orit Gadiesh (Hebrew: אורית גדיש‎ born January 31, 1951) is an Israeli-American corporate strategist, and chairperson of management consulting firm Bain & Company.


Gadiesh was born in Haifa, Israel in 1951, the daughter of a Berlin-born Israel Defense Forces colonel and his Ukrainian-born wife. After completing her compulsory service in the IDF, Gadiesh studied at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, graduating in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Gadiesh graduated from Harvard Business School in 1977 in the top 5 percent of her class (Baker Scholar) and was awarded the Brown prize for the most outstanding marketing student.[4]

Forbes has listed her among the world's 100 most powerful women four times since 2004.[3] A frequent business speaker and journal contributor, Gadiesh is co-author of Lessons from Private Equity Any Company Can Use.[5]


  1. ^ "Orit Gadiesh - Freebase". Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  2. ^ Gadiesh, Orit. "Interview with Orit Gadiesh" (PDF). Harvard Business School. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Orit Gadiesh's Forbes profile". Forbes.com LLC. Retrieved 23 November 2009.
  4. ^ "Orit Gadiesh". Forbes. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Gadiesh, Orit; Hugh MacArthur (Jan 4, 2008). Lessons from Private Equity Any Company Can Use. Harvard Business Publishing. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-4221-2495-6. Retrieved 2009-11-23.