|Advisory Board Biography
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
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