Chief Operating Officer Program

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Empowering future-ready COOs to drive excellence and become visionary leaders.

Michigan Ross Executive Education collaborates with Northwest Executive Education to build the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Program into a significant professional program experience for global participants.

The new-age COO is a strategic partner to the CEO, playing a pivotal role in transforming organizational vision into reality while driving organizational success and inspiring global teams to deliver outstanding results. The Michigan Ross Executive Education Chief Operating Officer (COO) Program is an immersive 8-month multi-modular program designed to prepare you to excel in your leadership journey as a future-focused and inspired COO. The program will empower you with insights, knowledge, and best practices in strategy, leadership, operational excellence, and innovation needed to confidently navigate the complex landscape of modern business.

Through a dynamic curriculum, you will explore cutting-edge frameworks and tools to administer a strategic approach to leadership and organizational excellence to drive long-term growth, profitability, and business efficiencies. Through this transformative learning journey, you will evolve into a strategic COO primed to lead and transform organizations.


Who Should Attend

This program is recommended for participants who have a minimum of 10 years of work experience in functional, technical, or business roles and may also include:

  • CXOs, Directors, Presidents, VPs, etc.
  • Executives with demonstrated career progression and success across levels
  • Senior functional managers and business heads with experience in strategizing and implementing operational initiatives
  • Managers of managers
  • Individuals with outstanding careers and leadership roles in a variety of settings

It is also recommended participants have:

  • A strong drive to succeed and aspirations for reaching beyond the obvious career milestones
  • A graduate degree with a strong academic track record
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

*All attendees must apply and be accepted. Space is limited.

Let’s discuss how this program can help you achieve your goals. 
Contact us at [email protected] or call +91 8587878713/ 14 / 15 (India) | +1 708-300-1569 (USA). 

This program is an immersive and experiential learning experience with a blend of two one-week classroom modules and live online modules comprising of weekly or bi-weekly virtual sessions designed for busy working professionals.

Program Structure*

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) Program is designed for senior operational function leaders who are ready to embrace advanced leadership responsibilities. The curriculum of the COO Program is designed for future COOs to bolster five crucial pillars, including:

  • Executing Business Strategy In Times Of Uncertainty
  • Driving Innovation And Digital Transformation For The Modern Organization
  • Impact Of Emerging Technologies In Shaping The Future Of Business
  • Evolution Of Modern Supply Chains
  • Strategic Leadership For Building Operational Resilience In A Global Organization


After successful program completion, you will receive the Chief Operating Officer Program certificate and the Distinguished Leader Certificate from Michigan Ross Executive Education. 

The Experts

Damian Beil
Faculty Director
Donald C. Cook Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Technology and Operations, and Chair of Technology and Operations

Program faculty*:

Hyun-Soo Ahn
Ford Motor Company Co-Director of the Joel D. Tauber Institute for Global Operations
Professor of Technology and Operations

Ravi Anupindi
Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management
Professor of Technology & Operations
Faculty Director, Center for Value Chain Innovation

Izak Duenyas
Herrick Professor of Business
Professor of Technology and Operations
Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering
Faculty Director, Executive MBA Program

Lindy Greer
Professor for Management and Organizations
Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow

M.S. Krishnan 
Accenture Professor of Computer Information Systems
Professor of Technology and Operations

Sanjeev Kumar
Lecturer of Technology and Operations

Nigel Melville
Associate Professor of Technology and Operations

Ruslan Momot
Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations

Maxim Sytch
Professor of Management and Organizations

Andrew Wu
Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations
Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow

*Faculty Note: Selected faculty will teach in each session of the program

About Northwest Executive Education

Northwest collaborates with prominent universities and schools to deliver high-quality executive education programs that offer relevant, contextual, and global learning experiences.

Prospective participants and corporate HR (looking to sponsor candidates) are requested to contact Northwest Executive Education with questions on this program and for further information by email to [email protected].

  • Inclusion in the Michigan Ross Executive Education network
  • Earn a Chief Operating Officer Program Certificate
  • Earn the Michigan Ross Executive Education Distinguished Leader Executive Certificate
  • 25% scholarship for life for Michigan Ross Executive Education Programs
  • Access to the Kresge Library Services on the Michigan Ross campus
  • Access and invitations to exclusive Michigan Ross Executive Education-sponsored events, conferences, and seminars
  • Receive a Continuing Education Unit Letter

Note: Benefits are subject to change.

Faculty Thought Leadership

Tuition & Fees
  • The program fee includes all taxes and covers teaching fees, all academic materials, lunches, and select dinners.
  • The fee does not include transport expenses (domestic and international), any associated visa fees, etc. nor accommodations for modules and/or workshops. It also does not cover any other expenses that are not expressly mentioned.
  • All attendees must apply and be accepted. Space is limited.
  • Please note that this program adheres to Northwest Executive Education's cancellation policy. Refunds and transfers for this program are not available.

For more information, contact us at [email protected] or call +91 8587878713/ 14 / 15 (India) | +1 708-300-1569 (USA).