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This profile was last updated on 12/11/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. J. Ira Harris

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Local Address: Palm Beach, Florida, United States
J. I. Harris & Associates

Employment History

  • Life Director
    Chicago Public Library Foundation
  • Senior Managing Director
    Lazard Freres & Co.
  • General Partner
    Salomon Brothers
  • Senior Executive Director
    Salomon Brothers

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor's degree , business administration
    University of Michigan
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Leadership Advisory Board, 11 Dec 2013 [cached]
J. Ira Harris
Chairman of J. I. Harris & Associates, a financial consulting firm in Palm Beach, Florida, he is active in a great variety of health care, education and civic organizations. A native of New York City, J. Ira Harris graduated from the University of Michigan in 1959.
Board of Directors Palm Beach Civic Association, 12 June 2011 [cached]
J. Ira Harris Mr. Harris is the chairman of J.I. Harris & Associates, a financial consulting firm he formed in 1998. Previously, he was in charge of the Midwest operation of Blair & Company before joining Salomon Brothers in 1969 as a general partner. Mr. Harris served as a member of the executive committee of Salomon Brothers from 1978 to 1983, and also served as a director of Phibro-Salomon. In 1988, he joined Lazard Freres & Company as a senior partner and member of its management committee. Mr. Harris is a life trustee of Northwestern University, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Corporation and the Museum of Science and Industry. He is also a life member of the board of directors of the Kravis Center, and the executive committee of the Town of Palm Beach Community Chest/United Way. He currently serves as a director of the Polk Brothers Charitable Foundation, and the Big Shoulders Fund for the Chicago Parochial School System. Additionally, Mr. Harris is a member of the Kellogg Graduate School Advisory Board, and a life director for the Chicago Public Library Foundation and for the National Center for Learning Disabilities in New York City. He is a 1959 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received his bachelor's degree in business administration.
J. Ira Harris, 22 Aug 1999 [cached]
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J. Ira Harris J.I. Harris & Associates Chairman
When Ira Harris played stickball with friends in his Bronx neighborhood, he knew the boys who could hit the ball the farthest were the ones to be reckoned with.Ira could hit it the length of three sewers." Hitting a stickball three sewers was really important where I grew up," says Harris."I still call that my proudest achievement."
The competitive nature that made Harris a leader in the streets of the Bronx catapulted him to national prominence in the fast-paced investment banking business.Armed with a degree from the University of Michigan, he began his financial career selling mutual funds door to door in New York.Soon he joined Granbery Marache, predecessor of Blair and Company, as a retail securities salesman.He began writing his own research reports, and soon developed a strong following among leading corporate executives.
In 1964, Blair sent him to Chicago to revive its faltering office there.The 26-year-old Harris soon turned the Chicago office into a leading moneymaker.Within three years, he was hired by Salomon Brothers to build its investment banking presence in Chicago.He created an aggressive outpost for them there, providing a full range of investment banking services.Through his expertise in corporate mergers and acquisitions, Harris brought major new clients to his firm.Recognized as one of the nation's most creative merger experts, Harris has closed some of the most important corporate deals in the past three decades.
One of the youngest recipients of the Horatio Alger Award, Harris was just 39 and a general partner at Salomon Brothers when he was so honored in 1977.In 1978, he was named a member of the executive committee at Salomon Brothers, and in 1981, when the firm merged with Phibro, he became an executive managing director and a member of the board of directors.In 1983, Harris resigned these management positions to devote himself full time to the investment banking business and continued with Salomon Brothers as a senior executive director.In 1988, he joined Lazard Freres & Company as a senior partner.
Harris is a director of Manpower Inc., Caremark International Inc., and Brinker International, Inc.He is a life trustee of Northwestern University, a director of the Polk Brothers Charitable Foundation, a director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a member of the Kellogg Graduate School Advisory Board, a director of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, a life director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities in New York City, and a life trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry.He also serves as a director of the Big Shoulders Fund for the Chicago Parochial School System.
Hard work, ambition, and self-confidence all play a role in success, he says.
Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) has ... [cached]
Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) has announced that J. Ira Harris is stepping down from its board of directors after 11 years of service, effective today.
"I've reached a point in life where it is necessary to balance my business and personal priorities, so I've decided that it is time to step down from my role on the Manpower board," said Harris. "Manpower has been one of the most interesting companies to be associated with over the years, and I've enjoyed every one of my 11 years of service on the Manpower board," he added.
Harris is Chairman of J. I. Harris & Associates, a consulting firm, and Vice Chairman of The Pritzker Organization, LLC, a merchant banking investment management services firm. He was Senior Managing Director of the investment banking firm of Lazard Freres & Co., LLC until December 1997. He joined the Manpower Inc. board of directors in August 1991.
"Ira has been a great asset to Manpower and its shareholders, working through several interesting transitions -- from the Blue Arrow transition through the CEO succession," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman & CEO of Manpower Inc.
"I want to publicly thank Ira for his service to our company and wish him well in his many other endeavors."
The Manpower Inc. board of directors has initiated its normal succession planning process and will be reviewing candidates to replace Harris in the near future, according to Joerres.
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