Our Chair

Robert Elman

AJCRobert H. Elman is the chair of the AJC Transatlantic Institute in Brussels.

Bob, the immediate past-president of AJC, has also served the organization as a member of the Steering Committee for AJC’s Strategic Plan and as co-chair of the Task Force on Chapters. He was an officer, and then president, of AJC’s Nashville Unit. Bob has also served on the boards of numerous corporate, Jewish, and other nonprofit organizations.

At age 29, he was appointed president of KLH, which manufactured stereo systems, and was the subject of feature articles in Business Week and Newsweek. He co-founded DESA Industries, and after AMCA International acquired it, Bob joined AMCA as group vice president. In conjunction with the management team, he organized and directed the management buyout of the Consumer Products Division. DESA grew from $57 million in sales in 1985 to $325 million in 1999.

Bob received his Bachelor’s with honors in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He and his wife Sylvia have three children and four grandchildren.

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