Michael Chavez

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Michael Chavez is Chief Executive Officer for Duke Corporate Education, based in Durham, N.C., USA.  A long-time leader at Duke CE, Michael joined the company more than a decade ago, most recently heading our European operations in London, and before that our operations in the Western U.S.

Michael’s interest and focus is on helping his clients to connect strategy and leadership.  In particular, he teaches, facilitates and advises in the areas of leadership and culture, organizational networks, team collaboration, strategy and execution.  Michael brings to Duke CE more than 20 years of experience in the fields of executive management, marketing, strategy consulting, and organizational learning and development. He has led projects all over the world and in a variety of industries, including software, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, retail, financial services and media.

Before joining Duke CE, Michael spent over five years as a founding member of the executive team of a successful software start-up where he served as both VP of Professional Services and VP of Marketing. In these roles, he was instrumental in acquiring the company’s first Fortune 500 customers, delivering over $3 million in revenue in the first year of product delivery and leading to the company’s first round of institutional funding.

Prior to his start-up experience, Michael was Director and Senior Learning Consultant at The Coca-Cola Company, where he worked closely with senior executives in Latin America and Europe to improve executive team effectiveness, develop leadership and organizational capability, and accelerate business performance through collaboration. Michael also worked as a strategic planning project lead for both The Coca-Cola Company and The Los Angeles Times.

He began his consulting career as a strategy consultant for Kurt Salmon, working with large industrial, retail and consumer goods companies in the US, Canada,  and Latin America where he led key projects on market entry and growth, operational effectiveness, joint ventures, and valuation.  Michael holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from UCLA. He is both a US and UK citizen and is fluent in both Spanish and French.

Contact Information


Duke Corporate Education
310 Blackwell Street
Durham, NC 27701