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Michael Messier `90G, Business

Alumni: Master of Business Administration

Michael Messier `90G, Business

Fascinated with the transformation that the information age made on his field and drawn to the challenges of developing strong teams in a global and technology-driven marketplace, Michael Messier '90G knew he wanted a career in human resources. "Every business, regardless of its industry, relies on its people to create and sustain a competitive advantage," says Messier.

Messier is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Excelitas Technologies in Waltham, Massachusetts-a leading global provider of innovative photonics products and solutions serving both commercial and defense markets. He is responsible for developing the company's global human resources strategy and leading core initiatives that build a strong global team.

He earned his undergraduate degree in human resource management but his Rivier MBA provided him with the additional education and broad-based business knowledge that positioned him for future success.

Completing his MBA in the evening while working full-time, Messier enjoyed the fellowship of the campus environment, the convenience of the classes, and the fact that the faculty had real-world business experience. "I appreciate that Rivier focuses on the needs of its students by providing opportunities to learn and grow in a challenging but supportive setting," says Messier.