"Dr. Michael Hirt worked with us to develop and set up a redesigned strategic planning process for our global Instrumentation and Test Systems Business Area (ITS), and did so in a manner that allowed us to reach the goal quickly and with high quality. Specifically, he interacted as a peer and flawlessly with our most senior management, handled sensitive issues professionally and effectively and was more responsive than any other consultant in our memory. I can endorse him and his work without reservation."
Kai Voigt | Executive Vice President | AVL List GmbH | Global Market Leader for Engine Testing Systems
"It was a pleasure to work with you in reviewing and redefining our corporate and business unit strategies. The results of the consulting project with your firm have helped us to make significant progress towards the achievement of our business and shareholder goals. You worked together with us to create practical, "real-world" strategic actions that deliver tangible value, based on a pragmatic, but thorough review and assessment of our options. Also, we highly appreciate your skill and helpfulness in appropriately integrating our key managers into the consulting process and making sure that they are really on board and well-aligned for its successful implementation. Our association with HIRT&FRIENDS has provided us with an excellent return on our consulting investment."
Mag. Alexander Tremmel | Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter | Managing Partner | SKB Industrieholding | a leading CEE cable manufacturer and distributor
"Dr. Michael Hirt has worked with our team of Business Unit Leaders and has provided the tools and dynamics to turn a management team into a high-performance team, where all the members have improved individually, and considerably added to team performance.
Dr. Hirt understands what it takes to help executives applying and adapting related methods and tools. His practical approach is making a positive impact both professionally and personally on all of us. The difference he has made is exceptional. This allows us to recommend him and his work with full conviction."
Jens Poggenburg | Michael Mühlögger | Herwig Schelch | Volker Niemeyer |Thomas Trebitsch | Global Business Unit Managers | AVL List | Konrad Hinterhofer | Managing Director | AVL Emission Test Systems | Global Market Leader for Engine Testing Systems
"I consulted Michael to help me in developing dissemination strategies for a new technology that was being developed over a couple of years and was then ready to be rolled-out globally at Harman Automotive Division. However, due to the new, revolutionary approach of that technology there were a couple of internal barriers and blocking factors to hop on the train. Michael very successfully helped to quickly identify and understand those barriers and to develop a highly efficient strategy to significantly improve acceptance of the new paradigm in product development. I can highly recommend Michael as an efficient consultant if you are faced with challenging situations in technology development processes."
Dr. Alfred Svobodnik | Senior Manager/Chief Engineer | Harman Automotive Harman/International Industries
"Dr. Michael Hirt worked with one of our successful senior managers to take his leadership to the next level and the results exceeded our already high expectations. His executive coaching is high-impact, focused and efficient, and he has a quick understanding for the challenges and requirements of dynamic international organizations like we have at AVL. He brings to his task a deep commitment to excellence, target orientation, sensitivity, candor, and positive results. I can recommend him without reservation as a truly exceptional consultant and executive coach."
Michael Mühlögger | Global Business Unit Manager | AVL List GmbH | Global Market Leader for Engine Testing Systems
"Dr. Michael Hirt understands the challenges faced by managers at the top of large, complex organizations and provides credible, challenging and useful advice and coaching. He is a true expert in advising managers to become better. I can recommend him without reservations. Dr. Hirt is an excellent consultant and coach, especially for senior executives and board members."
Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Petra Winter | Rector | University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
"Dr. Michael Hirt worked with us to dramatically increase the productivity and results of our marketing and client acquisition activities. His advice and strategies are to-the-point, practical and with immediate impact on winning new business. Having worked with a number of consultants in the field, I can say with confidence that he is the most effective marketing & sales expert and consultant, I ever worked with. With his pragmatic, no-nonsense approach Dr. Hirt provides the maximum of value-creating inputs in the shortest time.I can endorse his work and ethics without reservation and would be happy to discuss details or answer any questions about his work for us."
Dr. Florian Koschat | Executive Director & CEO | Pallas Capital Advisory AG
„Thank you very much for the excellent cooperation in the last years! You and your team have succeeded to develop and deliver trainings perfectly geared towards the requirements of a global corporation with consistent performance in high quality, internationally and multilingually. I want to specifically note your well-founded and action-oriented approach, your global outlook and your capability to always adjusts the individual training sessions or workshops to the local and cultural requirements. You have made an important contribution to the worldwide talent development of BSH Home Appliances Group!“
Dr. Stephanie Leimer | Head of BSH Academy Corporate | BSH Home Appliances Group | BSH is the European market leader in the field of home appliances with brands like Bosch, Siemens, Neff and among the top global players
"I am delighted about our highly productive cooperation over the last eight years and would like to thank you for your pragmatic, fast, results-oriented and highly effective consulting in that period. You have demonstrated extremely high versatility and flexibility, by quickly understanding and helping to tackle new challenges and topics in the fields of strategy development and implementation, team building, conflict management and resolution, executive coaching and executive training, thereby helping us to resolve them quickly and effectively and creating extremely high value for our organization. Across all projects you have demonstrated high intellectual and ethical integrity, a good sense of humor and a clear business and practice orientation, which made your one of the best consultants I have worked with in my entire career. I Look forward to our continued cooperation!"
Dir. Wolfgang Hanzl | Head of Division Operations | BAWAG P.S.K. Group | a leading and financially very successful retail bank in Austria, majority-owned by the US-american investment fund Cerberus Capital Management
"Thank you for leading the excellent JEP Working on Development Workshop in Singapore! The Workshop was
successfully completed with the participants providing positive feedback after the workshop. The participants have been impressed by your expertise, the insights, and the applicable lessons
imparted. Thank you for helping BSH Singapore to be more successful in the very competitive Asian market. We look
forward to working again with you!"
Jennifer Tay | Senior Regional HR Manager | BSH Home Appliances PTE. LTD., Singapore
"Dr. Michael Hirt is a true expert on marketing and sales for complex products and services. With his help, we dramatically increased the strategic focus, productivity and results of our marketing and sales team for high-end custom web development solutions for large privately-held businesses and blue chip companies. Hirt brought us concise, practical, real-world strategies to focus our marketing, win the client and get the contract. He showed us how to land the big business faster and made a major contribution to our ambitious growth strategy. It was a pleasure to work with him and the feedback from our international marketing & sales team was excellent. His flexibility, business-acumen and fast-forward working style make him one of the most effective consultant I have encountered in my entire career and I can recommend him without reservation. I am looking forward to working with him again in case we need further consultation for our growth strategy."
Michael Krusche | Chief Executive Officer | Krusche & Company GmbH
"Dr. Michael Hirt worked with us on moving towards new dimensions of Business Development and did so in a manner that exceeded our high expectations. He is a true expert in the difficult area of professional service firm management and able to provide clear and practicable input on the science and art of successfully managing a law firm. He interacted as a peer with our partners, free from any flaws. His handling of sensitive issues was professional and efficient. His recommendations were always guided by common sense, down-to-earth and suited to be implemented swiftly. We can vouch for the quality of his work and his ethics without reservation and would be happy to discuss details or answer any questions in that regard."
Dr. Michael Kutschera & Dr. Thomas Schirmer | Managing Partners | BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH
"Thank you for your inspiring, entertaining and action-oriented keynote speech and workshop. The feedback from the participants was extremely positive and, in particular, they were very impressed by the practicality and immediate applicability of your approaches. You have brought a significant motivational boost and we are already seeing the high impact of your work in the form of tangible results!"
Sheila Sylle | Professional Network | Johnson&Johnson
"Thank you very much for your energizing Keynote Speech „Instructions for the Management-Revolution“ for more than 200 Baxalta executives and managers! Your views challenged the status-quo and have given the managers an impetus to think about their own contribution in creating and sustaining an innovative, high-performance organization. It was a pleasure to work with you in the preparation and realization of the event and we look forward to other opportunities for working together."
Barbara Wagner-Buhl | Senior Manager, Talent Management | Baxalta / Baxter Aktiengesellschaft
"Michael Hirt worked with me on a strategic project which was of critical importance to the company. His fresh energetic style brought new insight and analysis to the project and was a major contributing factor to the outcome."
Tony Dicken | Field Force Manager | Diageo
"Thank you very much for the excellent preparation and facilitation of the workshop with of our management board to identify the learnings and action points from our culture survey! Your structured and disciplined approach to facilitating the workshop has helped the board immensely to identify the key action points from the employee survey and to transfer them into a concrete implementation plan. I also want to thank you very much for your excellent design and facilitation of the workshop with our extended management team! With your high results orientation, pragmatism, experience and versatility, you have been able to quickly tackle new challenges and situations in the context of the different organizational challenges which occurred over the course of our working relationship and have thereby proven to be an extremely valuable and helpful resource. I look forward to our continued cooperation."
Ernst Tschannen | Chief Executive Officer | Erdgas Ostschweiz AG | Member of a leading Swiss Utility Group
"Thank you for your excellent advice and process facilitation that have brought us decisive progress and a new quality of cooperation in the working together of the trading and risk management departments of our corporation. With your careful preparation and disciplined facilitation, you have quickly succeeded in creating a good basis for a constructive cooperation of all parties involved and positioned yourself as an independent and clear business thinker and consultant respected by all sides. The results of the project are impressive and have created high value for our company."
Ernst Tschannen | Chief Executive Officer | Erdgas Ostschweiz AG | Member of a leading Swiss Utility Group
"I have worked with Michael at Matrixware GmbH, a hightech startup in the Information Technology industry, where he was (acting as) the COO of the company. Michael (and his team) was mainly in charge of developing and optimizing business processes. He was also responsible for organizing and driving strategy meetings, for orchestrating management meetings, for assessing financial and business status of potential partners, and for implementing a public funding strategy. Michael is a deep and quick thinker, thoroughly involved in his missions for the company. He brought to us his deep experience of managing organizational changes, in a fast-moving international context, acting with a lot of charisma and leadership but always very attentive to the opinions of his peers and to reinforcing the team spirit. Michael is a great professional, he speaks fluently German, English, and French, and always keep a place for humor, even in stressfull situations. It was really a great experience to work with him and I'm sure that it will be the same for whoever will have the same opportunity."
Dominique Maret | Scientific Consultant | ACIES Consulting Group
"I had the pleasure to work with Michael over a period of more than 2 years, on a number of strategic projects during my tenure as CEO of Matrixware. His advice was clear, practical and to the point. He has helped the board to make better decisions and to execute them effectively. His recommendations were based on state-of-the-art methods and validated by sound business judgement. I can highly recommend him, if you need fast, high-quality results with a strong positive impact on the performance of your organisation."
Francisco De Sousa Webber | Founder & CEO | cortical.io
"We would like to thank you for sharing your expertise about innovation as key function with the management team of the Montana Group. We very much enjoyed your motivating keynote speech which was thought provoking and a highlight of this year’s international strategy meeting. You impressed both the CEOs as well as the Senior Managers with your ability to challenge and inspire the attendees by your speech and the following workshop and we appreciated that you were able to keep the entire programme within the time frame given in advance. We thank you very much for your professional approach and excellent cooperation!"
Mag. Herberth Roth | Chief Operating Officer | Montana Tech Components AG | a leading swiss-austrian hitech group with global activities
"Your English and German Keynote Speeches were the highlights of our Global Shop Marketing Meetings and an inspiration for our top management, as well as our managers and participating employees. We truly enjoyed the clear and humorous way you presented the topic. With your pragmatism and focus on implementation, you have infected our managers and employees and motivated them to take action."
Mag. Eva Brummeir | Global Shop Marketing Manager | FREY WILLE | a leading global luxury retailer
"I want to thank you very much for your highly effective coaching. Your practical no-nonsense approach has made a positive impact on me both professionally and personally. Your way of executive coaching and development is honest, straightforward, positive, and purposeful. Your tools and content are excellent and you care deeply about helping your clients to improve. You have helped me to become a more effective leader. I look forward to our next collaboration."
Max Walzl | Director Operations | écomouv' | an italo-french joint venture in France
"It was a pleasure to have you with us as a Speaker at the Rotary Club of Changi in Singapore last night and I would like to thank you very much for your interesting and insightful speech! The audience was delighted to listen to you and very much appreciated that you customized your speech to the international environment in Singapore. Also, we all very much enjoyed your dry humor, that makes listening to you even more engaging. As I said last night, please do drop in whenever you are in town."
Dave Ng | President 2014/15 | Rotary Club of Changi in Singapore
After taking his MBA at INSEAD where he graduated with distinction, Dr. Hirt was a consultant & project leader with The Boston Consulting Group from 1997 to 2001. In this time he has demonstrated excellent analytical and conceptual capabilities combined with exceptional leadership and client relationship skills. He has left The Boston Consulting Group by his own decision to pursue his vision to create his own business and has been successful in establishing HIRT&FRIENDS as a respected boutique consultancy that is now well positioned for substantial growth. As a Managing Director and member of BCG's Executive Committee I have a broad overview and deep insights in the skills and attitudes of consultants worldwide. I have rarely met an individual with such a highly developed commitment to serving others on the basis of the highest professional, ethical and personal standards."
Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler | Senior Partner & Managing Director | The Boston Consulting Group
"Dr. Michael Hirt is an exceptional consultant with focus on clear communication and processes. His ability to analyse and structure even the most complex situations and focus on business goals is outstanding. He respects individuals, stays human in the most stressful situations and is fun to work with."
Georg Aschenfeld | Managing Partner | ask! GmbH
"I have worked with Michael Hirt as a consultant for more than a year while I was VP of Community Development - Industry at Matrixware Information Services, a high-tech startup in the Information Retrieval industry. Michael’s and his team’s consulting work concentrated on strategy, research & technology development and organizational development. Michael was a very effective and trusted advisor. His recommendations were analytically and ethically well founded, based on state-of-the-art methods and validated by sound business judgement. His facilitation skills supported and fostered organizational change and drove successful implementation. I can highly recommend him, especially for work in complex and fast-moving environments."
Dr. Christoph Haxel | Chief Executive Officer | Dr. Haxel Congress & Event Management
"Michael Hirt’s Sales and Marketing approach should be compulsory for anybody selling to demanding clients in a tough competitive environment. He understands the keys to success in Marketing & Sales and delivers high-value, immediately actionable advice."
Wolfgang Vranze | Business Consultant | UWV e.U.
"At the time we worked together Michael was acting as Chief Operations Officer of Matrixware GmbH. The IRF was officially independent, but in practice heavily dependent on financial and operational support from Matrixware and its investors. We worked especially closely on developing a public funding strategy for Matrixware, and organizing the IRF so it could become genuinely independent. Michael is an intelligent and knowledgeable business professional, with extensive experience in all aspects of international business. He has a strong strategic grasp and a good understanding of both Austrian company law and company law in other jurisdictions, as well as of finance. I enjoyed working with Michael: friendly but professional in his approach, rational and analytical without being cold. Also of course he was the only Austrian I met who knew where Teesside was!"
John Tait | Intelligent Information Systems Consultant | johntait.net Ltd.