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Alan Wurtzel is an American businessman, author, speaker, and philanthropist. He spent 13 years as CEO of Circuit City before retiring in 1986. He now acts as trustee for the Phillips Collection and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He currently lives in Washington, DC and Delaplane,VA with his wife Irene Rosenberg Wurtzel.
On October 9, 2012, Alan released his book, Good to Great to Gone, with Diversion Books. Good to Great to Gone: The 60 Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City (October 9, 2012) chronicles the history of appliance giant Circuit City, founded in 1949 by Sam Wurtzel. Alan Wurtzel officially joined the company in 1966, spent seven years in middle and senior management roles, thirteen years as CEO and another fourteen as a board member of Circuit City. His tenure with Circuit City ended in 2001. Under his leadership, the company grew from a Mom and Pop store with only $13,000 in investment, to be the best performing Fortune 500 Company for any fifteen-year period between 1965 and 1995.
Former CEO of Circuit City Stores, Alan Wurtzel led Circuit City to be one of the nation's largest retailers of consumer electronics and appliances. He joined the company in 1966 as Vice President of Legal Affairs and then served as CEO from 1972 to 1986. He was Chairman of the Board from 1984 to 1994 and Vice-Chairman from 1994 to 2001. Circuit City was profiled as one of 11 companies in Jim Collins’ bestselling book, Good to Great. Wurtzel sold all of his Circuit City Stock in 2000, thus avoiding losses that would have been sustained when the company filed for bankruptcy.
Since retiring from Circuit City, Wurtzel has split his time between for profit and not for profit activities. Early on, much of his time was devoted to higher education and K-12 educational reform. He’s served as a trustee of Virginia Commonwealth University, a member of the Virginia State Board of Education and the State Council for Higher Education. He was also a director of several not-for-profit standards-based education policy organizations including New American Schools, National Center on Education and the Economy, and the Council for Basic Education. As a member of Virginia’s State Board of Education, he actively participated in the formulation and adoption of the current Standards of Learning program.
In the private sector, Wurtzel served as Director of Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., and from 1989 to 1996, he served on the Board of Office Depot. He has been an active investor in startup companies and remains on the Board of two privately held companies. Currently Wurtzel is a trustee of The Phillips Collection, where he has been active in developing and spearheading its expansion and investment plans; the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an environmental group dedicated to saving the Bay; and his alma mater, Oberlin College.
Wurtzel received a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is married to the playwright, Irene Rosenberg Wurtzel, and has three grown children. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Delaplane, Virginia.