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The Michigan Ross Executive Education Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program is a comprehensive 8-month multi-modular program that includes live online modules balanced with classroom modules at the Michigan Ross campus at Ann Arbor and Los Angeles, USA. The program is designed to prepare future-focused visionary leaders capable of leading global organizations amidst a rapidly evolving business and technology arena. With this program, you will be ready to succeed as a transformational CTO with a growth mindset, approach, and skills to lead the integration of strategy, innovation, and cutting-edge technologies.

This experiential program is designed for senior executives who aspire to succeed in the strategic role of Chief Technology Officer, with the foresight, expertise, and capabilities to leverage technology to build a decisive competitive advantage for the organization.


of professionals agree that technology initiatives such as big data and analytics provided their company with the highest competitive advantage in 2023.

Source: Statista Research Department 2023


of business leaders say that AI foundation models will play an important role in their organization’s strategies over the next 3-5 years.

Source: Accenture Technology Vision 2023


of market leaders will have structured digital innovation programs that enable growth by 2027.

Source: IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Future of Digital Innovation 2023 Predictions

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Program Benefits

After the completion of the Chief Technology Officer Program you will be a part of a cohort of global leaders and practitioners.

You also receive the benefits listed below*:

  • Inclusion in the Michigan Ross Executive Education Network
  • Earn the Michigan Ross Executive Education Distinguished Leader Executive Certificate
  • 25% scholarship for life for Michigan Ross Executive Education Programs
  • Access to the Kresge Library Services on the Michigan Ross campus
  • Access and invitations to exclusive Michigan Ross Executive Education sponsored events, conferences, and seminars
  • Receive a Continuing Education Unit letter

*All benefits are subject to change.


At Michigan Ross, we are leaders, researchers, and lifelong learners creating innovative solutions to the world’s most complex business challenges. Our mission is to build a better world through business. We are committed to unlock the potential of business by developing powerful ideas, purpose-driven leaders, and a community dedicated to making a positive impact.

Our impact extends far beyond the classroom as we aim to set a new standard in business and business education, and empower business leaders to make a positive difference in the world. Our core values serve as guiding principles for how we lead and represent our commitment to excellence;

  • Connect and Collaborate
  • Learn and Grow
  • Do Great Things
  • Be an Owner
  • Be Inclusive



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Key Takeaways

  • Develop leadership and executive presence for the C-Suite with core skills such as negotiation, persuasion, and stakeholder management
  • Gain expertise in formulating a technology strategy for a global organization with a focus on scale, strategic alliances, risk mitigation, and value creation
  • Master the building blocks of a strategy-first approach to technology in an uncertain business environment and rapidly evolving technology landscape
  • Leverage frameworks to understand opportunities at the intersection of technology and innovation
  • Build an innovation roadmap for your organization considering the patent and licensing landscape for international business
  • Develop strategic decision-making capabilities around disruptive technologies and anticipate their business impact
  • Traverse the digital transformation pathway in evolving an organization’s business model
  • Create a winning big data strategy for your business to leverage data for growth and competitive advantage
  • Develop a systemic approach to infrastructure security, privacy, and risk management
  • Identify new operating models to leverage cutting-edge technologies such as AI and ML in business
  • Prepare for the future by understanding the drivers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as AI-driven supply chains, automated logistics, and advanced manufacturing technologies


Who Should Attend

The CTO program is recommended for participants who have,

  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in functional, technical, or business roles and may also include:
    • CXOs, Directors, Presidents, VPs, etc.
    • Executives with demonstrated career progression and success across levels
    • Senior functional managers and business heads with experience in developing or executing tech-driven initiatives
    • Managers of managers
    • Individuals with outstanding careers and leadership roles in a variety of settings
  • A strong drive to succeed and aspirations for reaching beyond the obvious career milestones
  • A graduate degree with a strong academic track record
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

*All attendees must apply and be accepted. Space is limited.



The CTO program is delivered by Michigan Ross faculty who are experts in learning and leading. With their unique insights and industry expertise, the distinguished Ross faculty will lead you through an action-based learning experience, tailored to your organizational culture. You will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best faculty in the world, as they work with you to understand your career goals and guide your learning journey accordingly.

Faculty Director

Prof. (Dr.) M. S. Krishnan
Faculty Director
Accenture Professor of Computer Information Systems

Professor of Technology & Operations

Dr. M. S. Krishnan is currently the faculty director for Business+Tech initiative, and CK Prahalad and India Initiatives at the Ross Business School. He has also been the associate dean for global initiatives, executive programs, and action-based learning at the Ross Business School from 2014 to 2021. He has co-authored the book “The New Age of Innovation: Driving Co-Created Value with Global Networks” with Professor C. K. Prahalad (late).

His research articles have appeared in several journals including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Information Week, and Sloan Management Review. Dr. Krishnan has consulted on Technology and Strategy with Ford Motor Company, NCR, IBM, Xerox, Unilever, Next Services, Siemens, NBC Universal, Gooru, and Nestle in the United States, Tata Group, Mahindra & Mahindra, ICICI, TVS Group, Infosys, Markets, Outdu, Ramco Systems, Ramco Cements and Ashok Leyland in India, and CP Group in Thailand.

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Program faculty may include*:

  • Brad Killaly
    Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy
  • Damian Beil
    Donald C. Cook Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Technology and Operations; Chair of Technology and Operations
  • Hyun-Soo Ahn
    Ford Motor Company Co-Director of the Joel D. Tauber Institute for Global Operations; Professor of Technology and Operations
  • Izak Duenyas
    Herrick Professor of Business; Professor of Technology and Operations; Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering; Faculty Director, Executive MBA Program
  • Lindy Greer
    Professor for Management and Organizations; Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow
  • Maxim Sytch
    Professor of Management and Organizations
  • Nigel Melville
    Associate Professor of Technology and Operations
  • Ravi Anupindi
    Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management; Professor of Technology & Operations; Faculty Director, Center for Value Chain Innovation
  • Ravi Pendse
    Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Sanjeev Kumar
    Lecturer of Technology and Operations
  • Venkatram Ramaswamy
    Professor of Marketing

*Program faculty is subject to change



The Chief Technology Officer Program is uniquely designed for senior technology professionals eager to take on senior leadership responsibilities and leverage technology to drive business growth. The curriculum of the CTO Program is designed for future CTOs to strengthen four key areas required for highly-regarded technology leaders. Those four key areas are:

  • Thrive as a C-suite leader with strong interpersonal skills, capable of envisioning, communicating, implementing positive change in your business. Establish executive leadership and influence across teams, functions and regions.
  • Developing technology strategy, mastering complexity, scale and scope with a focus on value creation. Identifying risk, understanding strategic financial implications of technology.
  • Leading diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), strategic change, and creating a positive, engaging culture in hybrid/remote teams.
  • Leading and implementing digital strategy and measuring the impact of digital transformation on an organization’s business model.
  • Empowering you with the know-how and advanced skills needed to reimagine business operations and drive cutting-edge innovation in a tech-powered global business arena.
  • Building an innovation pipeline for fuelling growth and incorporating a design thinking framework to create products & services that drive customer value.
  • Leading strategic decisions around disruptive technologies and learn how to make data-led decisions to influence overall business success while maintaining a focus on policy, data security and privacy considerations.
  • Lead the charge at your organization to drive growth, evolve business models, craft strategies to counter disruptive threats, and build innovative solutions by leveraging exponential digital technologies.
  • Understand the potential of emerging technologies in diverse areas such as fintech, blockchain, digital health, automotive, digital manufacturing, etc.
  • Understand and leverage the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, AI/ML driven supply chains, automation in logistics, advanced manufacturing technologies, and modern business information systems.
  • Prepare to lead organization-wide digital adoption and understand process types: Agile, waterfall, experimentation and experimental ventures.


Program Experience

The Chief Technology Officer Program is an immersive and experiential learning experience with a blend of classroom modules and live online modules designed for busy working professionals. The program employs an action-based learning approach that promotes the real-world application of what you learn during the program and is delivered by distinguished Michigan Ross faculty. You will be able to amplify your learning journey with a diverse peer group and grow your global network of like-minded visionary CTOs.

Action-based Learning

Michigan Ross pioneered action-based learning 25 years ago to provide exceptional learning experiences drawn from our world-class research and a client-centric design process that elevates thinking and drives unparalleled business results in formats that fit your lifestyle. Through our experiential learning approach, you and your colleagues leave our programs with actionable plans and evidence-based tools that ensure a significant positive impact. Our approach helps you create more value for your customers, employees, shareholders, and communities.

Program Highlights

Executive Coaching

Immersive Classroom Experience

World-class learning experience at the Michigan Ross campus at Ann Arbor and Los Angeles, USA, home to exceptional research facilities, innovative startups, and more.

Alumni Advantage

Exclusive Network

Upon program completion, join the elite Michigan Ross Executive Education Network.

Distinguished Leader

Distinguished Leader

Receive the coveted Michigan Ross Distinguished Leader Executive Certificate.

World Renowed Faculty

World-Renowned Faculty

Gain insights from accomplished senior faculty members from Michigan Ross.

Leading-Edge Curriculum

Leading-Edge Curriculum

An expansive curriculum focused on critical areas of technology.

Real-World Application

Real-World Application

An action-based learning approach to promote real-world problem-solving.

Peer Learning


Extend your professional network to include a cohort of like-minded, ambitious technology leaders from around the world.

Exclusive Learning Material

Gain access to the Kresge Library Services while on campus for in-depth and expansive business research.



The program follows a simple 3-step application process. The step-by-step process is outlined below.


Candidates can apply to the program online and attach all required materials as outlined in the requirements below.

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The admissions team will assess your application as soon as it is received.


Candidates might be required to give an interview before being accepted into the program. Once all the requirements are completed, the admissions team will notify you with a decision.


Applicants for the program are required to have:

  • A resume in Word or PDF format
  • Two professional references to discuss your candidacy in detail


Program Fee

The program fee is inclusive of all taxes. It covers teaching fees, all academic materials, lunches, and select dinners.

The fee does not include transport expenses (domestic and international), any associated visa fees, etc. nor accommodation for modules and/or workshops. It also does not cover any other expenses that are not expressly mentioned.

USD 3,000 early registration benefit

Early Round


USD 25,000


December 20, 2023


USD 3,000 early registration benefit

Round 1


USD 25,000


January 24, 2024


USD 2,500 early registration benefit

Round 2


USD 25,500


February 28, 2024


USD 2,000 early registration benefit

Round 3


USD 26,000


March 27, 2024


USD 1,500 early registration benefit

Round 4


USD 26,500


April 24, 2024


USD 1,000 early registration benefit

Final Round


USD 27,000


May 29, 2024


Please Note: 

  • The application fee for the CTO program is USD 200.
  • The application fee is refunded only in the case an applicant is not offered admission to the program.



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