Management Consultant | Executive Coach | Keynote Speaker


Dr. Michael Hirt, LPSF (Harvard), MBA (INSEAD), is President & CEO of HIRT&FRIENDS, a global management consultancy (*2001) that helps its clients to achieve and master profitable growth through dramatic and measurable improvements in individual and organizational effectiveness and results, by taking an integrated perspective of the three critical elements of High-Performance Organizations: Strategy, Organization and People. Previously Michael was with BCG, a leading global advisor on business strategy, the Austrian state industry holding group and privatization agency ÖIAG, and HSBC Investment Bank in London.


From its integrated perspective, H&F derives its main consulting fields:

  • Strategy: Strategy Consulting, Business Development, Corporate Finance, M&A and Family-Owned Enterprises 
  • Organization: Organizational Development, Operational Performance, Change Management, Transformation
  • People: Human Resource Management Performance, Executive Performance through Executive Training and Executive Coaching


H&F works mostly with global corporations, large privately-held businesses and selected start-ups. The client list of H&F includes Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte, Gebrüder Weiss, Harman International, T-Mobile, Mondi, and over 50 similar organizations.


We at H&F are convinced that only consultants that understand and can integrate their advice and recommendations across these three critical elements, are able to deliver high and sustainable value for their clients, because creating a high-performance organization is only possible if these three elements are perfectly aligned. Everything else is, according to our view, piecemeal work and sub-optimization.


Michael Hirt is Director of the Austrian Institute for Management Innovation, AIFMI and Director for North America & Australia of the International Corporate Finance Network, ICFN, an international alliance of specialized financial and legal consultancy firms, committed to provide support in the financial and corporate affairs of companies. All the firms are locally recognized as experts in M&A and Corporate Finance, and engaged in cross-border projects and transactions.


His signature strengths are his fast, pragmatic, results-oriented and no-nonsense approach to consulting, his ability to quickly establish good working relationships with strong and self-assured personalities ("alpha animals") and his ability to quickly grasp the strategic and business dimension of the challenges of his clients, when making recommendations and taking action.


He accepts only value-added consulting assignments with specific result objectives and measurements and unconditionally guarantees his work. Michael tailors his intervention roles according to the precise client needs, because he believes that a consultant who can offer a variety of roles is best able to provide the unique, value-added talents that meet the client needs. These roles include: Management Consultant, Strategy Coach, High-Stakes Meeting Facilitator, Backstage Counselor, Executive Coach, Management Trainer and Keynote Speaker. All his roles have in common the relationship orientation, intellectual leadership, pragmatism, humor and energy that he brings to any assignment. 


Michael has over 20 years of experience in a broad range of industries including: Consumer & Luxury Goods, Media, Energy, Information & Communications Technology, High Tech, Engineering & Metals, Transportation & Logistics and Financial Services.


Hirt is a graduate of the Executive Program "Leading Professional Service Firms" (LPSF) of Harvard Business School. He holds an MBA 'with distinction' from INSEAD, the leading global Business School and law degrees (Dr.) from Vienna University ('with distinction') and McGill University, Montreal. He is practicing in German, English and French, as well as in multi-cultural environments, has published widely on management topics and is a lecturer at renowned universities. Michael and his family live near Vienna/Austria. 

Honors & Awards

  • Several client service awards at the Boston Consulting Group.
  • Harvard Business Review/McKinsey M-Prize for Management Innovation 2012 - Ranked among the top entries.
  • By his award of the CMC - Certified Management Consultant - „with distinction“ Michael Hirt has become a member of the exclusive faculty of examiners that are responsible for the austrianwide evaluation and certification of CMCs
  • Doctorate in Law ‘with distinction’, University of Vienna 
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) ‘with distinction’ (Dean’s List), INSEAD (Fontainebleau/France)
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
  • The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber’s Foreign Scholarship
  • McGill University Scholarship (Fee Waiver), Montreal/Canada


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Tel.: +43 (1) 205 1160 1004