Michael is creating a global procurement organization focused on agility, collaboration, and scalability for Indigo.
Two decades of distinguished business work has proven Michael an effective leader, negotiator, and collaborator, building strong and innovative supplier relationships.
As Head of Procurement, he is building a team responsible for consulting with business partners, as well as executing on global and regional procurement strategies. Balancing Indigo’s entrepreneurial mindset with speed, efficiency, and responsiveness around the spend management process is a key focus area of his leadership and vision.
Michael’s career in automotive and food procurement includes 15 years of international assignments. Over the past four years at Tate & Lyle — a provider of healthy ingredients for foods and beverages — Michael was responsible for leading a global team of procurement professionals, developing and executing long term strategic plans, and directing category management and operational purchasing activities across seven countries. Previous to this role, at Lear Corporation — a Tier 1 automotive supplier — Michael had the opportunity to lead multinational teams as Director, Purchasing Europe and Africa, and as Global Purchasing Director, Electronics. In these roles, Michael oversaw annual purchasing spends over a billion dollars.
Michael received his BA in business and management with a minor in Russian Studies from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining Lear, Michael served for thirteen years in the United States Air Force as an arms control inspector and Russian interpreter. During this time, he conducted international inspections on-site in support of multinational arms control treaties. Michael is an active member in the community, and has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 2017.
"An efficient procurement organization supports and empowers every aspect of a business. My goal is to build a world-class team at Indigo with a balanced focus – with people who can strategize for both regional needs while also remaining cognizant of global trends. As I’ve spent most of my career overseas, I recognize the global and local needs and capabilities of teams in different markets, which broadens my understanding of properly defined processes and procedures."