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William L. Sharfman, Ph.D. – Distinguished Leader

New York, NY — William L. Sharfman, Ph.D., is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Distinguished Leader for his outstanding contributions in the field of Consulting, in acknowledgment of his roles as Consulting Strategist, Writer, Author, Interviewer, and Coach, as well as, Proprietor of Sharfman & Co, that has dealt with all of this globally.

William L. Sharfman, Ph.D. - Distinguished Leader

As a consulting strategist and coach, Dr. Sharfman has provided clients with pathways to differentiation and competitive advantage in organization, planning, marketing, communication, quality, and innovation, as well as personal coaching. He is known for his innate ability to provoke change for a positive outcome.

With over 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Sharfman has led an impressive career prior to establishing his firm. He has held several diverse leadership positions including senior vice president – strategic planning for J. Walter Thompson’s Corporate Communications Division, and Senior Vice President – strategic planning for J. Walter Thompson USA, from 1979 to 1985, having joined the firm in 1976.

Additional positions include lecturer and professor at Columbia College, Columbia University, and Idaho State University, where he was vice-chairman of the English Department. He was also Director of Judging for the Automotive News PACE Awards for Innovation from 1994 to 2009. A respected voice in his field, Dr. Sharfman was also a Contributing Writer for Automobile Magazine from 1985 to 2001.

An academic scholar, Dr. Sharfman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with honors from the University of Michigan’s School of Literature, Science & the Arts. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in 1965 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, in 1969.

Dr. Sharfman is affiliated with organizations including the Authors Guild and the National Writers Union and is currently on the Board of IMPA, the International Motor Press Association. He has shared his breadth of expertise in numerous magazines, including the New York Sun, International Management, Praxis Post, and has a chapter in the book A Time to Stir. His topics of choice include science, literary criticism, art history, and the automotive industry.

A man of many talents, Dr. Sharfman was also a Deming graduate in Quality, Productivity, and Competitive Position, as well as a motorcycle racer and jazz musician. He is active in various political, environmental, and conservation organizations.

In this recognition, Dr. Sharfman gratefully cited the critical importance of having had such influential mentors as his parents and their colleagues, and of Max Roach, W. Edwards Deming, David E. Davis, Jr., David H. Stewart, and Steven Marcus.

For more information, visit his papers at the Duke University Library:

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