Results we can achieve together:


  • Realization of a growth strategy with profitable growth of 8% per year (CAGR)
  • Increase of EBIT-margin by 2.5 percentage points through a corporate portfolio repositioning
  • Expanding market leadership through selective geographic expansion
  • Realizing cost savings potentials of EUR 15 Mio. (12%  of total costs) of an organizational unit within three years, whilst at the same time increasing productivity and customer satisfaction
  • Increase of EBITDA by 20% over the previous year by rapidly growing the service business
  • Restructuring of a strategic alliance to secure the value creation of a EUR 70 million investment
  • Securing the long-term future of a family-owned business by a strategy of profitable growth, productivity increases and optimization of financial structure
  • Successful implementation of the strategic repositioning and portfolio restructuring within 18 months to remove hopelessly cash-negative businesses and dramatically improve the performance of cash cows and stars
  • Penetration of new markets and growth of more than 20% per year by executing a Mergers & Acquisitions strategy
  • Concentration of research & development budget on those innovation projects with the highest success chance, to increase the expected return on investment of the innovation portfolio threefold
  • Igniting growth with marketing, sales, and pricing


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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|


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