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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.

Key Benefits

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



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The Chief Technology Officer 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
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The Chief Technology Officer 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

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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

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.


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.


Executive Coaching

Immersive Classroom Experience

Alumni Advantage

Exclusive Network

Distinguished Leader

Distinguished Leader

World Renowed Faculty

World-Renowned Faculty

Leading-Edge Curriculum

Leading-Edge Curriculum

Real-World Application

Real-World Application

Peer Learning


Exclusive Learning Material


The CTO 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:

  • Envisaging Strategic Thinking for the Next-Gen CTO – Understand competitive and corporate strategy with a focus on implementing the company’s vision and mission
  • Thrive as a C-suite leader and cultivate executive presence with an emphasis on persuasive leadership development and corporate governance to lead in times of uncertainty & crisis
  • Strategy promulgation and execution to drive customer value creation and align short-term & long-term measurable goals
  • Shifting CTOs’ priorities – Building high-performing teams while nurturing a digital culture in a global organization
  • Lead the strategy around disruptive technologies and learn how to make data-driven decisions for business success with a focus on data security & privacy considerations
  • Understand the potential of emerging technologies in diverse fields such as fintech, blockchain, digital health, connected vehicles, digital manufacturing etc.
  • Unravel the potential of Generative AI for global business impact
  • Build AI/ML driven operating models to elevate business applications such as Smart HR, Marketing Automation, 3D Printing etc.
  • Unlock the power of ecosystem business models and digital transformation to drive innovation & stakeholder value
  • Lead digital strategy and measure the impact of digital transformation on an organization’s business model
  • Empowering the Modern CTO with the know-how and advanced skills needed to embrace digital change management, enable digital operations and drive cutting-edge innovation in a technology-powered global business arena
  • Managing innovation budgets and building an innovation pipeline for fuelling growth & optimizing efficiency
  • Develop a technology strategy mindset while harnessing the power of big data analytics & cloud to build an organization for the future
  • Understand and leverage the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, AI/ML driven supply chains, automation in logistics, and modern business information systems
  • Managing vendor ecosystem and understanding development processes – Waterfall, Agile and Experimentation


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


Upon the completion of the program, you will receive the Chief Technology Officer certificate from the Michigan Ross Executive Education.

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All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


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Michigan Ross Executive Education has collaborated exclusively with Northwest Executive Education to build the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program into a significant learning experience for participants.

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