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Similarly, it is evident canada goose factory outlet toronto location how much his time at Harvard Business School meant to him a place that Horn admits “changed my life”. A recipient of the HBS Alumni Achievement Award in 2016, Horn regularly gives back to the school however he can, serving on the HBS Board of Dean’s Advisors, attending classes to speak canada goose outlet vancouver to students, and quite possibly agreeing to this interview (his preference for discretion and maintaining a low key profile ordinarily renders him press shy).
But perhaps the most powerful testimony of Horn’s affinity with Harvard Business School is revealed by the fact that he still counts some of his HBS classmates as his dearest friends proof in his view, of the sense of comradery and bonding that is formed from “being dropped in the deep end” and finding friends with whom you can learn to swim.
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Despite all this, Horn’s career does not necessarily tread the traditional path of someone who was destined for the bright lights of Hollywood. Famously recruited into the industry without any prior film or television experience, it was a serendipitous meeting with industry luminary Jerry Perenchio (whom he always refers to ‘Mr. Perenchio’) that persuaded him to take a leap of faith into the unknown. Over time, both Perenchio and his partner the legendary Norman Lear would play formative roles in helping Horn become the industry heavyweight he is today. Their careful stewardship over 12 years not only taught him the deal making skills he needed to thrive in the industry, but helped him cultivate the artistic sensitivities that he needed to earn credibility amongst “the creatives”.
It is against this backdrop that we pick up the phone to call Horn’s LA office on a busy Wednesday afternoon. We later discover that our telephone appointment is scheduled between a meeting with The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and a meeting canada goose outlet new york https://www.canadagoosejacketsoutsale.com city with Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter. “I’m afraid he’s canada goose outlet usa running a tiny bit late”, his assistant apologizes. “Would it be OK to delay by ten minutes?”
It is of course more than fine, Mr. Horn.
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I began at Union College in New York as an electrical engineering student. canada goose outlet uk To be clear I was a bad electrical engineering student. One Saturday canada goose outlet store calgary morning, I remember being in the lab, when the professor came over to me and said: “Alan, what are you doing?” “Well professor, I’m working on my lab experiment” “No I know what you are doing right canada goose outlet black friday now, but I mean, what are you doing in this program? You seem like a nice enough kid, and you must be good at something canada goose outlet online store review though nothing comes to mind. But it certainly isn’t this.” The very next Monday I switched my major to economics. Because of that, I came out of Union College without a particular undergraduate discipline. I thought I’d perhaps make a career in the Air Force canada goose outlet london uk and I became a captain, but an issue with my right eye set aside any thought of a long term career there.
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HBS shaped everything for me. I came to the school as a blank slate. Yes, I had a degree in economics, but it was just a fallback. And canada goose uk I knew I didn’t want to be an electrical engineer. At first, I was surprised that I got into HBS, and was convinced I was an admissions mistake. I remember the Dean then saying: ‘I know that some of you are sitting there and thinking you’re an admissions mistake, but this is Harvard, and we don’t make mistakes’. So, I thought okay, I’ll be open canada goose outlet parka to any career path that makes sense to me.
As you know, the first year is all required canada goose outlet online uk courses, but in the second year, I kind of drifted towards the marketing end of the spectrum. I knew I didn’t too much care about going to Wall Street. So, I found myself led to Procter and Gamble, who gave a compelling argument to my newly minted MBA self. They basically said: ‘we know a secret, and canada goose outlet factory that secret is that canada goose outlet near me we know, that you know, that you don’t really know very much about anything. But we at P will teach you how to run a business. You’ll run a brand and gain experience that will be in a sense, like another degree, post MBA.’ That sounded compelling to me, so I joined.
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d and moved away. I was just thinking how that wasn’t very nice, when all of a sudden, I realized that I’d got off on the wrong floor. The thing was, all the floors just looked so identical. It was an easy thing to do. Not long after that, I met the impresario that is Jerry Perenchio, who was a total business genius. He interviewed me five times. And in my fifth interview, the conversation went something like this:
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Looking back, was there anything that you learnt at HBS that prepared you for that fateful meeting with Jerry Perenchio? And for embracing that opportunity when it appeared to you?
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