Founder & CEO, Corporate Edge, Inc.
Michael Takagawa is the Founder and CEO of Corporate Edge, Inc., a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Michael is a highly regarded executive advisor to prominent CEOs and corporate leaders. He founded Corporate Edge, Inc., in 1998, long before the mass emergence of coaching as a business trend. Drawing upon his 20+ years of direct first-hand experience in leading major corporations, he created a unique integrated approach to addressing the multi-faceted needs of complex organizations, and the senior executives that lead them. Over the years, Corporate Edge and its 20-person team of consultants have been chosen by companies such as Adobe, Genentech, Salesforce, Kaiser Permanente, AAA, and Yahoo to be its trusted resource for the development of its current and next generation of leaders, as part of longer-term succession planning initiatives.
Prior to launching Corporate Edge, Michael served as a Fortune 500 C-level executive and former company president with consumer products companies including Procter & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, Del Monte, Kikkoman International, and Discovery Toys.
Michael is committed to the development of rising leaders. He serves as a volunteer mentor for Women Unlimited, guiding high-potential women to be the next generation of company leaders. A native of San Francisco, Michael earned his MBA from Stanford University and his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He resides in Danville, California with his wife Debra, and enjoys traveling to visit his daughter and two grandchildren in London.