Michael Netzley


Office Location: Singapore

Phone: +65 63325001

Michael Netzley is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Singapore office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. Since moving to Singapore in 2002, Michael has facilitated leadership and executive development sessions for more than 10,000 executives globally and across a wide spectrum of industries.

Michael’s research and consulting focus on questions regarding how executives learn and how firms can optimize their development and transformation initiatives. His leadership expertise includes:

  • Leadership communication and persuasion

  • Change management and strategy execution

  • Personality assessment and executive coaching

  • Leadership transformation and the future of executive development

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Michael spent the last 15 years with Singapore Management University (SMU), most recently as the academic director of the executive development office. Before he began working in executive development, Michael served on the faculty of SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business, as well as the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Over the years, he has held visiting appointments in Argentina, Finland, Germany, Japan, and Slovenia.

His work has been featured in The New York Times and in 2011, he was named recipient of the Champion’s Award from the Central and East European Management Association for his innovative program designs and delivery. Michael’s management cases have also received awards from EFMD—The Management Development Network.

Michael’s most recent publication, The Road to Complication, was published in Dialogue Review in 2016, and he has co-authored four books on management communication and digital media. Michael’s forthcoming and co-edited book, with the working title Reimagining Executive Development 2025, explores a broad range of research and technological developments that are reshaping the field of leadership & development.


Michael earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a Masters in communications from Miami University, and a teaching certification from Harvard Business School.