Michael Arena, PhD, Chief Talent Officer specializes in applying hard science to soft skills, with focus in such areas as organizational
networks, people analytics and innovation management. His most recent academic efforts concentrate on enabling
adaptive space within large, complex organizations.
University of Pennsylvania
June 2016 – Present
Leading Emergence: Creating Adaptive Space in Response to Complex Challenges course in the Master
of Science in Organizational Dynamics program.
Chief Talent Officer
January 2012 – Present
Responsible for enterprise talent management, talent analytics, leadership development & learning, strategic
workforce planning, and the Innovation Xchange Lab. Since joining General Motors, he has employed an evidence-based
approach to driving performance, leveraging such concepts as predictive analytics and network analysis to
empirically determine talent needs across the pipeline.