About

I’ve written four books: Ahead of the Curve – Two Years at Harvard Business School, published outside the US as What they Teach you at Harvard Business School, a title which inspired a meme…

… The Art of the Sale, published in the UK as Life’s a Pitch; a short book for The School of Life, How to Think Like an Entrepreneur; and the children’s book Charlie Whistler’s Omnium Gatherum. I’ve also ghost-written books for senior executives at major corporations.

I was born in Dacca, Bangladesh, where my father worked as a Church of England missionary and my mother spent four years after leaving Burma with her family following the Socialist military takeover of her country.

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Here’s my grandmother, Sylvia, my uncle Ronald, my mother, Marcia, and aunt, Victoria, in Rangoon in 1966, shortly before Ronald left to study in America. Leaving Burma was a catalytic event in their lives and in retrospect greatly influenced my own.

I grew up in England, received my BA in Classics from Oxford and my MBA from Harvard Business School.

From 1994 to 2004 I was a newspaper journalist. From 1998 to 2002, I was New York correspondent for The Daily Telegraph of London, a tenure which ended with the grim task of covering the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. From 2002 to 2004 I was the Telegraph’s Paris Bureau Chief, which took me all over Europe and North Africa, and left me with a profound fascination with France and the French.

I left daily journalism in 2004 to go to business school. In addition to my books, I have been a columnist for The Financial Times and The Evening Standard and write regularly The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator and The Oldie.

From 2009-2010, I was part of the founding team at Apple University, Apple’s internal management program. I spent several years working with The Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Education, the world’s largest foundation devoted to this mission.

From 2015 to 2018, I was a managing director and Senior Advisor to the Executive Chairman  of Banco Santander, participating in the transformation of a 200,000 person financial institution spread over Europe and the Americas. I picked up some Spanish and an appreciation for what it takes to run a company that big.

Here’s an interview I did with the BBC World Service if you’d like to know more about me and my MBA book. 

You can contact me at philip@philipdelvesbroughton.com

My literary agent is Tina Bennett at WME in New York.

For speaking engagements, please contact Leo von Bulow Quirk at Chartwell Partners in London: leo@chartwellspeakers.com

If you need a photograph, feel free to use this one and credit Margret Delves Broughton