Advisory Board Biography

Mike Zafirovski
Board of Directors Portraits:Art Collins, John McDonnell, John Bryson, Bill Daley, Linda Cook, Ken Duberstein, John Biggs, Mike Zafirovski

Mike Zafirovski is a founder and president of The Zaf Group, a management consulting and investment firm. The Blackstone Group is the firm’s principal client where he is an executive advisor and he also serves on the board of directors of three Blackstone companies:  non-executive chairman of DJO Global Inc and PGI Inc, and independent director for Apria Healthcare Services. Zafirovski also serves on the board of directors of Boeing and Stericycle.

Previously, Mr. Zafirovski served as President and CEO of Nortel, a global communications technology company; President and COO of Motorola; and during a 25-year career at GE, served as President and CEO of five GE businesses in the consumer, industrial and financial services arenas.

Among his education, civic and philanthropic activities, he is Vice Chairman of AUSL, the organization that helps turn around the most challenged public schools in Chicago. He is a visiting lecturer at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is a founding director and chairman of Macedonia 2025, an organization aiming to improve the country’s economic and democracy developments. He is a member and former director of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Council of Global Affairs. He and his wife, Robin, are co-chairs and past national chairs for Duke University’s Parents’ Committee. Mike, Robin and their three sons Matt, Kirk and Todd are officers of the Zafirovski Family Foundation, formed in 2005 with a focus on education and health issues.

From 2006 to 2010, Zafirovski was a presidential appointee to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). NSTAC provides analytics and recommendations to the President on a wide range of policy and technical issues related to telecommunications, information systems, information assurance, infrastructure protection, and other national security and emergency preparedness concerns.

Zafirovski holds a B.A. in mathematics from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania where he captained the intercollegiate soccer and swimming teams. In 2002, Edinboro University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree. A native of Macedonia, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2004 and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the NY Hall of Science in 2008.