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Goodbye to our dear friend Jim Herbolich

Posted by Matthew Wood in EFMD

Created on Wed 11 April 2012 12:20

And tagged with: EFMD , Eric Cornuel , esade , Jim Herbolich


jim close upMany members will now be aware that Jim Herbolich passed away in early April. Jim had been seriously ill for some time and died peacefully in his sleep on 8 April 2012.

It is hard to put into words just how much he will be missed both as a colleague and friend.  Jim was a pillar of EFMD, kind to everybody, attentive, and wonderful to work with. His  contribution to the development of EFMD over the past decade has been immense and the organisation feels a little bit like an orphan now.

Jim was involved in the world of education ‒ his life-long passion ‒ for nearly 40 years. He was a scholar of management, both as a teacher and as a researcher and was a faculty member of the Human Resources Management Department of ESADE business school in Barcelona, Spain. He was also a formidable practising manager and administrator himself, with particular skills in man-management and motivation.

Jim was American-born though he spent most his life outside that country and was Director of Network Services at EFMD for 11 years where he held overall charge of Membership, Business School Services, Corporate Services, and Research and Surveys. As such, his old-world charm, politeness and universal friendliness pervaded the whole EFMD organisation, laying the foundations for the relaxed professionalism that it exhibits today. To EFMD staff and to the many members who knew him well, Jim meant friendship, kindness, openness, guidance and advice  ‒ and great company.

For me he was a kindred spirit, a loyal and dear friend who had a profound influence on my life and I will miss him greatly. In fact everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him will miss him greatly but his legacy will live on through the work of EFMD in the future.  I also know that Jim would not want us to be sad, rather he would want us to celebrate his wonderful life and many achievements. At the moment this is very hard on all of us but with time I am sure we will be able to look back with a smile on our faces at a truly remarkable man.

Goodbye my friend – I will never forget you.

Eric Cornuel