What does it take for a company to get recognized as one of the top places to work? It takes great leadership that motivates team members to be their best. That’s what Mike Pitcher has brought to the C-suite over his more than 35-year career at some of the most recognized names in Corporate America. And that’s what he brings to the stages of some of the top events in the nation.
With remarkable leadership success at Pitney Bowes, Dell, and LeasePlan, Mike has honed the grit and intricate insights of a great leader, and learned the oft-considered “soft” skills that bring out the best in people of all backgrounds.
For the past two decades in C-level leadership, Mike has led teams to remarkable improvement at LeasePlan and Dell. At LeasePlan, one of the nation’s largest vehicle fleet management companies, the turnaround earned the company top honors among the “Best Places to Work” for mid-sized companies in the city of Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), and one of the “25 Best Medium-Size Companies to Work For” in Fortune Magazine in 2013. The headline for the AJC story speaks volumes about Mike’s leadership approach and his impact on his team: “They are all in this together.”
Increasing revenues and profitsHis approach has boosted the bottom line at every company and division he has led. . .
Mike’s record of successfully leading companies spans three continents — North America, Australia, and Asia — and has impacted thousands of loyal team members who rate him among the most personable business leaders they’ve ever worked with.
His approach equals more than media recognition and awards; it has boosted the bottom line at every company and division he has led, including:
- Increased Net Income by 370% in eight years as CEO at LeasePlan.
- Leading the turnaround of Pitney Bowes Credit Australia in Sydney, Australia — a division set to be sold — and two years later being instrumental in that division’s recognition as “Outstanding International Unit of the Year.”
Increasing revenues and profits, while improving employee engagement and customer satisfaction, are hallmarks of a true leader, one who addresses the needs of all stakeholders. As a leader with heart, Mike has made his mark on thousands of lives and forged pathways for career success for many. Evidence of his impact includes:
- Record levels of increased employee engagement at LeasePlan in his decade in leadership there.
- Recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as Outstanding Leader/CEO for Mid-size companies in Atlanta (2013).
From humble beginnings growing up in an 800-square-foot home in Chalmette, Louisiana (just outside of New Orleans), Mike worked throughout high school, and held a job in the oilfield during summers while attending college at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette.His father, a sixth-grade dropout who worked three jobs to put his three sons through college, left Mike with a legacy of a strong work ethic that he attributes much of his success to.
Honest work, integrity, sincerity, and serviceMike realizes that leadership matters at every level.
Those childhood and young adult experiences, coupled with his commitment to see the best in everyone, have propelled Mike to success in his career, family, and volunteer endeavors, as evidenced by his accomplishments as:
- Guest Lecturer at University of Georgia (UGA), Emory University, and the University of Texas
- Volunteer, National President of Theta XI Fraternity, in 2005, where he launched the leadership initiative, “All True Men” that provides a curriculum for leadership.
- Author, Seven eLements of Leadership for a New Breed of Leader.
From working with high school students and college undergraduates, to instructing CEOs and community influencers, Mike draws upon his background in sales, operations, marketing, customer service, and general management to connect and build deep relationships with audiences across the board.
Mike built his professional reputation on honest work, integrity, sincerity, and service. In large corporations of more than 35,000, to a start-up of five people, Mike realizes that leadership matters at every level. The cornerstones of his message of leadership lie in the seven elements he teaches: Laugh, Learn, Listen, Language, Lagniappe, Legacy, and Love — all essential for leaders to succeed.