Dov Lautman, successful Israeli entrepreneur and social activist, dies at 77

November 23, 2013 13:33

Dov Lautman, considered one of the titans of Israeli entrepreneurship, died on Saturday. He was 77.

A native of Tel Aviv, Lautman earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After he returned to Israel, he was appointed CEO of the Kiryat Shmona-based Sabrina textile company at the age of 27.

In the mid-1970s, he founded Delta, an underwear company, which was headquartered in Karmiel. The company soon expanded overseas and became a huge success story.

In 1986, Lautman was named the head of the Manufacturers Association of Israel. During the Yitzhak Rabin administration, Lautman was tapped to serve as a special envoy for economic development and foreign investment.

In 2007, he was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement. In his later years, he devoted his time to social endeavors and advocacy for Jewish-Arab co-existence.

In 2003, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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