Michael WatsonSVP and General Manager, Opex Analytics Division
Michael is a senior vice president and general manager of the Opex Analytics Division. With a PhD in Industrial Engineering and 20+ years of experience leading global business teams at LogicTools, ILOG and IBM, Mike brings deep analytics and supply chain optimization expertise to the team. He pairs technical expertise with a personal approach to helping customers design and implement successful enterprise solutions.
An adjunct professor within the Master’s in Engineering Management and Master’s in Analytics programs at Northwestern University and the co-author of two books (Managerial Analytics and Supply Chain Network Design) taught in universities around the world, Mike is a recognized leader in the analytics space. He combines scientific methods and AI teaching with a strong business focus to build a culture of openness, learning and real-world action.
Approachable and collaborative, Mike naturally excels at bringing people together. He inspires and empowers them to work towards a common goal both at work and at play. Whether he’s shooting hoops or spending time with his family, teamwork is a part of his everyday life.