Michael Arena, PhD


Michael Arena, PhD
VP Talent & Development
Amazon Web Services

Michael Arena is the VP Talent & Development for Amazon Web Services (AWS). He is responsible for the global talent, leadership development, and new employee success solutions necessary to enable growth and innovation of AWS. enterprise talent management, talent & organizational analytics, leadership development and global learning. During his time at General Motor, he employed an evidence-based approach to driving organizational performance, leveraging such concepts as predictive analytics and network analysis to empirically determine talent needs across the pipeline. Arena also launched GM2020, which is a grassroots initiative designed to enable employees to connect and create across the organization and was highlighted in Fast Company in 2016. In addition to his current responsibilities at AWS, Arena also teaches in Penn's MS in Organizational Dynamics program. 

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