A recognized leader in organizational management and strategic planning, Michael Richards offers a unique blend of executive acumen with experience in global team-building and strategic operational planning & execution. With over 25 years of private sector and military management experience, Michael has built responsive organizations that consistently deliver results by aligning technology initiatives with mission goals, resulting in a substantial improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business performance.
As Beowulf's Executive Director, Michael is responsible for implementing new strategic initiatives conceptualized by the Managing Director and is responsible for ensuring that corporate operations are efficient and effective. He also publicly represents BDS with the media and external constituency groups, such as community, government, and private organizations while building global support for Beowulf's mission.
Michael's career includes leadership roles at PFS Investments, where he served as in the Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction for Investment Management and DRPA Incorporated, where he served as the Pacific Region business manager and was instrumental in providing the Department of Defense with industry-leading logistics and transportation systems to support global contingency operations and exercise planning. As a member of the United States Navy Reserve, Michael's work has been instrumental to providing mission-critical support in numerous theaters of operation, including tours of duty at the Headquarters of U.S. European Command, the Chief of Naval Operations staff in the Pentagon, and most recently supporting the mission of combating drug-related transnational organized crime in the Asia-Pacific region.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Technology and his military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, six Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with four Mobilization Devices.