Michael Arena

VP talent and development, Amazon Web Services.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020. 


Recipient of the 2017 Walker Prize from People + Strategy.


While at GM he launched GM2020, a grassroots initiative designed to enable employees to positively disrupt the way they work, which was highlighted in Fast Company and Fortune.


Champion of making traditional companies agile. Four key network roles in creating adaptive organizations: brokers, connectors, energizers, and challengers.


Responsible for global talent practices, leadership development and learning at Amazon Web Services. Previously, he was chief talent officer for GM. At GM launched GM2020, a grassroots initiative to enable employees to positively disrupt the way they work. At Bank of America, launched the Center for Future Banking, to positively disrupt consumer banking. Visiting scientist with MIT’s Media Lab. PhD in organizational dynamics from the Union Institute and University.


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“Agility champion on a mission to transform companies into truly agile

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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