Michael Leadbetter, Founder/Principal

Michael Leadbetter

Michael is the founder and Principal of Pivot Factory,  an advisory services firm that uses specialized innovation approaches to enable growth for its clients.  Michael is the former CEO of ExO Works, Salim Ismail’s exponential organizations firm and was an advisor to Singularity University.

Michael previously spent 20+ years in corporate development roles with leading education/media brands: Euromoney Institutional Investor, Kaplan Inc and Pearson Inc.  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.

Michael is a regular speaker on disruption, exponential technologies, exponential organizations and innovation.  He has spoken in recent years in Bangalore, Cartagena, Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro, Silicon Valley and St Tropez.


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Praise for Leadbetter’s keynotes and workshops


"Really loved the day with you and the other fellas. I've quoted many times what we heard."  

- C-Level Walmart, UK

“A good reminder of our important role in navigating the friction.”  

- CXO New York Public Radio


“Very enlightening session and a great reminder about how the future is upon us!”  

- VP Giorgio Armani Corporation, USA

“My takeaway - an area to yet unlock - is to look at labor as a variable vs fixed cost, by utilizing crowdsourcing technology (a la TaskRabbit, Upwork)  to find specialized/temp talent. Thanks for the overview Michael!”

- SVP Kate Spade & Company, USA

“Clear concepts which can be implemented as well as holes in the current set up.”  

- C-Level Jyske Bank, Denmark

"Michael is an outstanding keynote speaker. The knowledge and expertise he brings to local companies are enlightening, pragmatic and conducive to their growth. We would like to discuss about future cooperation with him after the meetings."

—KONG Weiguo, Founder and CEO of the Five Hundred Club, China

“Michael is a great speaker. His presentation leaves the audience with strong impression. The speech is rich in content, practical and with ample evidence. He showed excellent leadership during our meeting with local company representatives and gave pertinent comments and suggestions to them.”

—Ma Shaohui, General Manager of the Five Hundred Club, China