Mike Yost, Managing Partner, Smart Transformations
- Co-Founder & CMO, Bennit Inc.
- Outreach Advisor, CESMII - The Smart Manufacturing Institute
A proven industry executive, Mike is the Managing Partner at Smart Transformations - a specialized transformation consultancy team focused on industrial companies and their technology supply chain. Mike co-founded Bennit Inc. in 2016 to address a gap in the IIoT marketplace and functions as CMO. He is also currently an advisor to CESMII Senior Staff, where he provides market insights and shapes messaging, marketing and go-to-market strategy.
Mike has specialized in the Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Execution (MES), Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) and Operations Management software arenas since 1999 and is recognized globally as a thought leader in this space. He’s the creator and co-host of CESMII's ‘6 Degrees of Smart Manufacturing’ webcast series and was a contributing expert to the development of the 2019 World Manufacturing Forum Report - Skills for the Future of Manufacturing.
Mike brings over 30 years of industrial, commercial and management experience to his senior leadership roles. He previously spent 8 years as President of MESA International, a global, not-for-profit industry association, and held various commercial leadership roles in automation and industrial software businesses, including GE’s Proficy Software business, Activplant Corporation and Rockwell Automation.
Mike holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. with his wife and five children.