Michael Steep ADVISOR
Mr. Steep is a senior global executive specializing in operational excellence, innovation leadership, business development and sales. In January 2017, he joined Stanford University as Executive Director for a new center on Digital Cities and Emerging Technologies. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the school. Throughout his career as an operating executive, he has successfully built, managed and transformed international organizations by leveraging the power of emerging technologies to deliver fully-integrated, scalable and practical approaches to innovation. Mr. Steep has successfully leveraged strategic alliances to drive new revenue opportunities with a particular focus on big data, predictive algorithms, cloud, location-based services and mobile. He also serves on the London Smart City Board of Directors.
Previously, Mr. Steep worked as Senior Vice President of Global Business Operations at PARC, a Xerox Company, where he oversaw corporate and P&L management for commercial and innovation services. While at PARC, he helped Fortune Group companies transform early stage technologies into new revenue-generating business models crossing predictive analytics, AI, privacy preserving analytics and radical new hardware technologies for low-cost sensor development used in autonomous vehicles and IoT. He also developed new approaches for car companies to understand human behavior and emotion through imaging technologies.
From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Steep worked at Microsoft in executive roles including Global Managing Director in the Office of the CTO – Bill Gates. While in this role, he was integral in setting the overall vision for customer-driven Microsoft innovation, capitalizing on emerging technologies and industry breakthroughs in smartphone, tablet, and cloud. His prior role at Microsoft included overseeing a $1.5 billion global enterprise sales organization.
Prior to Microsoft, he held various leadership roles including VP at IBM (Lexmark), and Chief Operating Officer at ENCAD, where he turned around the public company resulting in its successful sale to Kodak. He also drove top-line, international revenue growth at Lexmark and launched 30+ products at Apple including the first consumer digital camera and other imaging products.
Mr. Steep holds a MBA from the Darden School of Business and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his extensive corporate experience, he is a Distinguished Speaker at Imperial College London.