Michael Cook, Rockwell  Automation, Director  of Global Academic Organization

Michael Cook reports into Becky House Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative & Legal Officer and centers on talent, workforce development and early career talent acquisition.

Rockwell Automation’s learning laboratories and programs strive to reduce the gap between theories and practice as well as the gap between classrooms and advanced manufacturing enterprises. Rockwell Automation Academic Partnership Program, cradles education and innovation in science and technology for students around the world across over 100 automation labs touching over 30,000 students.

Global Academic Organization champions lifelong learning and inspires innovative thinkers and problem solvers to accelerate digital transformation and expand human possibility in our communities through workforce development programs, strategic partnerships and investments in people, education, and innovation.

Cook has broad experience in corporate strategy and global business development across emerging markets including EMEA, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific and early career experience as an attorney and advocate of the high court in South Africa with broad professional legal and commercial experience. He also worked for several years post MBA (Stellenbosch University) as a management and implementation consultant in a global management consultancy in heavy industries, manufacturing, and services as well as an independent consultant in Africa. He then immigrated to the USA and has worked at Rockwell Automation since 2004.