Michael Harkness

Vice President of People

Michael Harkness is Gurobi Optimization’s Global Vice President of Human Resources.

As Global Vice President of Human Resources at Gurobi, Michael has responsibility for the attraction, engagement, development, and experience of Gurobi’s most crucial asset – Its people!

Michael brings over 20 + years of people leadership experience across multiple industries and geographies. Forming, shaping, and developing high-performing teams that convert strategies into execution.

Before joining Gurobi, Michael served as Global Vice President of People Business Partnership at IMAX Corp. A leading technology entertainment company and Global Chief People Officer for Electrosonic Group, a leading global AV technology company.

Michael’s passion is travel and experiencing new cultures. He has lived, worked, and played in many countries. A native of Toronto, Canada, he now resides in sunny California.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University in Human Resources Management and holds the professional designations of: Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM – SCP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).