Mike Richardson


Mike Richardson became President of OTA in November 2018 after an impactful year-long consulting relationship. He works with Founder and CEO Eyal Shahar to keep the organization on track and true to its vision of making financial freedom a reality for the widest possible audience.

Through experience in a variety of industries, Mr. Richardson found that companies tend to organize themselves vertically, but horizontal, cross-departmental challenges are where breakthroughs occur. He has dedicated his career to helping businesses tackle those breakthrough opportunities by improving their agility in today’s complex and volatile economic environment and achieving traction for sustained growth.

Immediately prior to engaging with OTA, Mr. Richardson was a top-rated Chair and expert Resource-Speaker with Vistage, a global organization of business leaders. Each Vistage peer advisory group offers its members a trusted sounding board of high-performing CEOs, business owners and key executives who are dealing with similar challenges. Over a 15-year period he chaired more than 500 group meetings and 3000 one-on-one coaching sessions.

Mr. Richardson started his career as a Petroleum Engineer working on offshore oil rigs for Shell International. After earning an MBA at London Business School, he moved into the Aerospace Industry and rose to be a CEO/President of multiple businesses and then a Divisional President on the corporate management team of Spirent PLC, a $1B British public company. He ran the Aerospace Division, made 3 acquisitions in North America and relocated to the U.S. in 1999. He and his family became U.S. citizens in 2008.


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