Bain & Company senior partner Dave Michels relocates to Japan

02 July 2021 2 min. read
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Bain & Company’s Senior Partner and Global Head of Change and Implementation, Dave Michels, has relocated to the firm’s Asia Pacific division.

The move of the company veteran – Dave Michels has been with the global strategy consulting firm for over 25 years – sees him join Bain’s Tokyo office, with 20+ partners one of the firm’s largest in the Asia Pacific region (and with a heritage of over 40 years, also one of the oldest).

Michels specialises in helping executives deal with the people-side of strategy and transformation, including leadership effectiveness, culture change and change management. His work has spanned a range of industries, including healthcare, industrials, consumer products, retail, financial services, private equity, and high technology. 

Dave Michels, Senior Partner, Bain & Company

A dual US - Swiss citizen, Michels has lived and worked in the United States, Argentina, Germany, India and Switzerland, and by way of his experience across these geographies (and engagements in many more countries) brings an international perspective to the office and his clients. 

From Tokyo, Michels will continue to lead the practice, work with clients, and spearhead the change management offering in the region.

“I’m excited for this move and the opportunity to support executive teams in this dynamic part of the world deal with the complexities of change to reach their full potential,” said Michels. “As we continue to see increasing demand in the Asia Pacific region, I’m thrilled to be able to help continue growing our practice from Tokyo, supporting our clients and working with my colleagues around the region and globally.”

Satish Shankar, the regional managing partner of Bain & Company in Asia Pacific, said: “As a trusted senior advisor, Dave is known for his ability to inspire executives and to help companies identify and achieve sustained results, so his experience in the region will be invaluable.” 

Change Power

The news comes shortly after Michels unveiled the launch of a new proprietary change management tool known as ‘Change Power’. This tool helps businesses measure their changeability by assessing nine critical traits and abilities that determine an organisation’s capacity for change, providing the insights to improve their own capacity for change. 

Michels on the offering: “Now more than ever, companies must be able to adapt quickly and have the ability to change. Change Power is a powerful tool to help leaders become aware of both their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to their change ability.”