Adjunct Professor, International Management

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), International Business – Corporate Governance – University of St. Gallen
Master of Science, Marketing – Louisiana State University

Email: mhathorn@fus.edu

Michael has significant experience in leadership positions in industry and public sector enterprises. At Capital International in Geneva, a privately held investment management company, he founded and headed the Training and Organisation Development function for the European businesses. In his role as Group Director of Leadership and OD at TNT in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Michael served on the HR Strategy Council and drove key strategic initiatives in the area of HR Transformation, established a Change Management center of Expertise and developed the Leadership and Learning Framework for the top 500 executives. In the public sector, he is a contributor to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development and donates his time to a variety of professional organizations. His most recent conference and professional presentations were on “Accelerating the Development of Leaders,” “Aligning Business and HR Strategy,” “Functional Excellence,” “Mastering the Art of Innovation and Change,” the “High Performance Organization” and “Strategic Recruiting.”

In addition to his senior management experience, Michael has in-depth experience in leading enterprise transformation and change management in companies in North America, Europe and Asia. He brings a “total systems” approach to his work and specializes in choosing and adapting the methodology to the organizational culture and the business situation. His passion is helping firms respond to the “Leadership Challenge” in the areas of strategy, leadership development, innovation and organizational change. He brings academic rigor and pragmatic business practice together to ensure organizational results.

Professional Experience 

  • Optimis – Partner
  • University of Michigan – Adjunct Professor
  • International Center for Corporate Governance (ICFCG) Partner - Talent and Board Development
  • University of St.Gallen and Business School Lausanne Executive Programs - Professor

Specialties

Leadership, Innovation and Change Executive programs, Engagement surveys, organizational audits, strategic planning, center of expertise establishment (innovation, change, merger & acquisition) Custom Executive Learning programs - Line Manager to Senior Executive, Board Development, Development of Corporate Academies/Universities, Corporate retreat - design and facilitation, Executive coaching, Conference speaking