Leveraging over 30 years of diverse experience in a manufacturing firm with global presence, Cyrille focuses now on helping organizations maximizing shareholders’ value. Cyrille spent most of his career in senior leadership positions for Blount International Inc. (NYSE: BLT; www.blount.com), a $1B global outdoor products company. He worked both in Europe and the United States, with responsibilities in General Management, Sales & Marketing, and Finance.
Cyrille Michel was most recently the Senior Vice President of European Operations for Blount International. Based in Belgium, he was responsible for the overall operations in Europe, Russia and Africa (around $250 million in net sales). The Blount International European organization includes business units in six countries (France, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Russia), seven sales and distribution centers, one factory, one direct-to-end-user company, and around five hundred team members. Cyrille focused on the integration of two acquisitions, leading a team to set up a new manufacturing company and, perhaps the most challenging assignment, the cultural transformation of the European teams.
Prior to that assignment, Cyrille worked in different positions at the company’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon. He served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Service. During his tenure, he led the sales team boosting global sales from approximately $350 million up to around $650 million in 2011. Cyrille explains the growth in sales because of hiring a stronger sales and marketing team; systematic mining of opportunities in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America; setting up more efficient distribution in mature European and North American markets; stronger supply agreements with the largest Original Equipment Manufacturers and Mass merchants; setting new marketing policies; and the introduction of new products.
Cyrille learned Finance and Accounting through his first position as a Certified Public Accountant (Belgian equivalent) at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, in Belgium. Cyrille was then recruited by Blount where he was responsible for the European-wide Finance, Accounting, IS and HR organization. He was then promoted to the position of Division Controller in 1988 and moved with his family to the USA. With factories in Brazil, Canada, the USA and China, as well as sales business units in France, the UK, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, Cyrille has travelled the world many times over.
Cyrille currently serves as a member of the board of Exceeds Enterprises and is the chairperson of the compensation committee. Prior to attending the Program for Global Leadership at the Harvard Business School as well as numerous continuous education programs, Cyrille obtained his 4-year university degree in Business Administration in Belgium. He also obtained a Certificate in Management Accounting, the Belgian equivalent of a Certified Public Accounting, and another certificate in Tax Laws. He is fluent in French and English; he has a good command of Dutch and a passive knowledge of several other languages. Cyrille lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife, Colette, a 1976 Olympian for Belgium. Cyrille enjoys dual citizenship, American and Belgian.