Fasha Farshad Mahjoor

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Fasha Farshad Mahjoor
Born Iran
Citizenship American
Alma mater Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and University of Southern California (US)
Occupation Founder and CEO, Phenomenex and Neoteryx and CEO of Phenova

Fasha Farshad Mahjoor is the Founder and CEO of Phenomenex, Inc and Neoteryx, and CEO of Phenova.[1][2]

Business career

Fasha Mahjoor was born in Iran and emigrated to the UK as a child. He attended Manchester Metropolitan University to earn an undergraduate degree in architecture, and then completed his masters degree in architecture at the University of Southern California in 1980. He then formed a boutique architecture firm in Beverly Hills, California.[3] In 1982 Mahjoor left the field of architecture to found the company Phenomenex in 1982, a distributor of British-made chromatography columns. The company began making its own columns in 1984.[4] The company also employed 477 people by 2007, and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top small businesses in America in 2008. Part of the reason for this comes from Mahjoor's attempts to integrate entertainment activities and other amenities into the workplace.[5] His efforts in this manner were profiled in the book Organizational Behaviour.[6]

In 2011, Fasha acquired Wibby Environmental in Golden, Colorado and then renamed it as Phenova in 2012.[7] He also became the CEO of Phenova. The company manufactures Proficiency Testing Standards and Certified Reference Materials. [8][9] Currently both companies; Phenomenex and Phenova now employ over 7000 people with offices in 15 different countries.[3]

In 2010 Majhoor was a finalist for the Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Ernst & Young.[10] The company now employs over 700 people with offices in 15 different countries.[3] Though not a practicing architect, he has designed many of the office buildings for his company.[11] In 2013 Mahjoor was named one of the 100 most influential people in the analytical sciences by The Analytical Scientist.[12] He is also the founder of Neoteryx, a manufacturer of microsampling devices used for collecting and testing biological samples.[13]

Other activities

Mahjoor is known in the Los Angeles business community for his humanitarian efforts, which are also applied through his companies.[14] In September of 2012, he leapt from the 87th floor of the Shard building in London, Europe's tallest building, in order to raise money for The Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity.[15] In 2015 he scaled down three additional buildings in London, known as the The Cheesegrater, The Gherkin and The Walkie-Talkie, to raise money for the Trust.[16]

Mahjoor has previously been a board member of the Farhang Foundation.[17] In 2013 he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.[18] That year he was also elected to the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Los Angeles Region.[19] Mahjoor is a trustee for The Outward Bound Trust.[20] Most recently, he purchased a vacant property adjacent to Del Amo Fashion Center that SunCal once owned.[21]


  1. "Phenomenex and Neoteryx CEO Fasha (Farshad) Mahjoor to Leap from 3 Skyscrapers for Charity", reuters.com, August 3, 2015.
  2. "Phenomenex CEO, Fasha (Farshad) Mahjoor, Named Top 100 Most Influential People in Analytical Sciences", article.wn.com, November 11, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "About Fasha (Farshad) Mahjoor". http://phx.phenomenex.com/cms400min/Phen/EM/dos/dos_bio.html#. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  4. Carol Potera (October 15, 2007). "HPLC Column Provider Expands Focus". Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. http://www.genengnews.com/keywordsandtools/print/1/12185/. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  5. Kelly K. Spors (February 22, 2009). "Top Small Workplaces 2008". Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122347733961315417.html?mod=googlewsj. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  6. Robert Kreitner and Angelo Kinicki (2009). Organizational Behaviour. McGraw-Hill Companies. p. 175. 
  7. "Wibby Environmental–Phenomenex: investment, 201101 acquisition", mass-spec-capital.com,.
  8. "Phenomenex Forms Phenova - A Certified Reference Materials Company", technologynetworks.com, August 24, 2012.
  9. "Phenova", cbinsights.com,.
  10. "Excellence in all things, June 2010". Bahá’í Faith. June 30, 2010. http://www.bahai.us/2010/06/30/excellence-in-all-things-june-2010/. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  11. Highbeam.com
  12. "The Power List 2013". The Analytical Scientist. https://theanalyticalscientist.com/the-power-list-2013/. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  13. "Neoteryx". http://www.kazuer.com/article/201407/5674.html. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  14. "Phenomenex receives Conscious Capitalism Award". Chromatography Online. http://chromatographyonline.findanalytichem.com/lcgc/Phenomenex-receives-quotConscious-Capitalism-Award/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/186840. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  15. "Phenomenex CEO, Fasha Mahjoor, Survives Jump off the 87th Floor of Skyscraper". Biotechnology Industry Organization. September 4, 2012. http://www.bio.org/phenomenex-ceo-fasha-mahjoor-survives-jump-87th-floor-skyscraper. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  16. http://www.dailycsr.com/Fasha-Mahjoor-will-rappel-down-from-3-skyscrapers-for-Charity_a234.html
  17. "Board of Trustees". Farhang Foundation. http://www.farhang.org/board. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  18. "2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipients". National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. http://www.neco.org/medal-of-honor/medalist.html. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  19. "Leadership". http://www.redcross.org/ca/los-angeles/about-us/leadership. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  20. https://theanalyticalscientist.com/issues/0715/by-royal-appointment/
  21. Mahjoor purchased the long-vacant piece of land that used to house a Montgomery Ward Auto Shop, and Black Angus

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