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ExO Works Core Team

Michael Leadbetter

Michael Leadbetter

CEO

Michael is the CEO of ExO Works, a specialized global business advisory group working with…
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Michael Leadbetter

CEO

Michael is the CEO of ExO Works, a specialized global business advisory group working with organizations industry-wide, supporting senior leadership in understanding and responding to the emergence of the Exponential Organization (ExO).

Michael previously spent 20+ years in corporate development roles with the leading education and media companies: Euromoney Institutional Investor, Kaplan Inc and Pearson Inc before founding Greenshoot EdTech an advisory practise in 2014.

He has most recently consulted to CEO’s of The Princeton Review and Singularity University. He has worked across multiple client industries including financial services, healthcare, education and real estate.

His career has seen him based in Hong Kong and New York and conducting business through South East Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East.His career started in Hong Kong. Michael is a regular speaker on disruption, exponential technologies, exponential organizations and innovation. He has recently conducted sessions in Bangalore, Cartagena, Copenhagen, Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro and St Tropez.

Bryan E. Johnson

Bryan E. Johnson

COO

Bryan ensures successful execution of all day-to-day operations at ExO Works, including project delivery…
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Bryan E. Johnson

COO

Bryan ensures successful execution of all day-to- day operations at ExO Works, including project delivery and offering strategy. He has over a decade of corporate experience focused on enhancing leadership capability as well as driving innovation through corporate strategy and succession planning. He brings an extensive background of guiding business leadership in defining and implementing strategic direction tied to growth objectives. Prior roles include Growth & Strategy within Accenture Growth Markets as well as previous oversight of Accenture Global Leadership Development. As a Growth & Strategy Senior Manager he was responsible for aligning and executing initiatives against the growth priorities defined to positively impact all geographies across Accenture Growth Markets (i.e., emerging markets)—including innovation, fit for purpose, and leadership strategies to drive growth. Bryan holds an MBA and an MS from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas, Dallas, as well as a BS from Texas A&M University.

Tony-Saldanha

Tony Saldanha

Vice Chairman

As Vice Chairman, Tony assists the ExO Works leadership team’s client development strategy...
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Tony Saldanha

Vice Chairman

As Vice Chairman, Tony assists the ExO Works leadership team’s client development strategy.

Tony is globally recognized as a business leader who has driven innovation in IT and shared services for three decades. He is known for delivering concrete business outcomes & results and champions new, relevant business and technology models to stay ahead of disruptive technology capabilities.

Tony brings a breadth of experiences ranging from Disruptive IT/ Shared Services Strategy, Shared Services Outsourcing, Consulting, CIO roles, Technology-enabled business building and IT Systems integration during company acquisitions, among others. Geographical experience from having lived in Asia, Europe and the US - including both developed and developing markets. Tony has recently retired as Vice President IT, from Procter & Gamble after 27 years of services.

Mike Lingle

Mike Lingle

Chief Growth Officer + Crypto Lead

Mike is focused on making sure that ExO is there whenever clients, partners, and...
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Mike Lingle

Chief Growth Officer + Crypto Lead

Mike is focused on making sure that ExO is there whenever clients, partners, and agents need help building exponential organizations. He also leads the ExO Works crypto practice, including promoting the CivX token economy.

Mike started his career as a software developer, creating custom experiences for companies including IBM, Pfizer, and the Discovery Channel. This led to him co-founding SlideRocket, a cloud-based presentation platform that was acquired by VMWare in 2011.

Since then, Mike has worked with both startups and enterprises—helping them adapt breakthrough technologies in order to grow quickly and outcompete other players. He was Managing Partner at Rokk3r 10xU and ran the Venture Hive accelerator program in Miami. In both roles he mentored a wide range of innovators—from startup founders to corporate executives—on how to leverage exponential technologies to build high-growth companies.

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Kelsey Driscoll

Operations & Events Director

Kelsey is Operations and Event Director for ExO Works. She has applied knowledge in business…
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Kelsey Driscoll

Operations & Events Director

Kelsey Driscoll is Operations and Event Director for ExO Works. She has applied knowledge in business operations, event coordination, client relations and innovative business models. Kelsey's previous position as Assistant Director at St. Bonaventure University helped shape her expertise in creating and implementing donor relations programs. Within four months of overseeing the student philanthropy projects, Kelsey helped raise the entire annual goal for the operating budget at her alma mater. In her free time, as owner of Driscke Designs, Kelsey enjoys creating multimedia art.

Vanessa Belmonte

Vanessa Belmonte

Marketing Director

Vanessa executes the ExO Works marketing strategy and oversees the brand message…
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Vanessa Belmonte

Marketing Director

Vanessa executes the ExO Works marketing strategy and oversees the brand message, voice and style guide within our global network. Vanessa has a background in business operations, marketing and social media, and has consulted a variety of businesses on brand development and promotional strategy.

ExO Works Founders

Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail

Co-Founder

ExO Works Co-Founder & Chairman, Salim Ismail, is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author…
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Salim Ismail

Co-Founder

ExO Works Co-Founder & Chairman, Salim Ismail, is a sought-after speaker, award-winning author, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries and society in general.

Salim founded ExO Works in 2016 to help transform global business by catapulting organizations into the world of exponential thinking. ExO Works delivers a 10-week program called the ExO Sprint that leapfrogs an organization’s mindset forward by two years.

Salim has also been building Singularity University (SU) since 2010 initially as its founding Executive Director and currently as Global Ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames and is training a new generation of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies. Before that, as a Vice President at Yahoo, he built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web.

He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Wired and the BBC. He advises Fortune 500 executives and many world governments on the future of technology and is the author of best-seller Exponential Organizations.

Francisco Palao

Francisco Palao

Co-Founder

Francisco Palao, is an award-winning innovator who has inspired and advised organizations…
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Francisco Palao

Co-Founder

Francisco Palao, is an award-winning innovator who has inspired and advised organizations around the world to design and implement disruptive innovation strategies. He is the co-author of the book Transform: How to Become an Exponential Organization in 10 Weeks, designed to help companies implement the ExO model step by step.

Francisco collaborates with leading business schools and universities, such as Singularity University and IE Business School teaching entrepreneurship, disruptive innovation and exponential technologies. He has been honored with several prestigious international recognitions and was granted the TR35 award by MIT, honoring the Top Innovators under 35.

Francisco holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Granada, and an Executive MBA from the IE Business School. He is also a graduate student of Singularity University and was mentored by Steve Blank on Lean Startup Methodologies at Berkley University.

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