J. Michael Drozd, President and Chief Executive Officer, combines executive level business, manufacturing, and entrepreneurial experience. Prior to Wright Foods, Michael served for 5 years as Executive Vice-President of CoalTek, the leading clean coal company in the United States as recognized by Going Green, Platt’s, and Red Herring. Under Michael’s leadership, CoalTek built and operated the largest clean coal process in the world. Prior to CoalTek, Michael served for 9 years as President and CEO of Industrial Microwave Systems, growing the company to the technology leader and one of the largest manufacturers of industrial microwave equipment in the world. Prior to Industrial Microwave Systems, he served as an Associate for Decision Focus, a management consulting firm specializing in improving corporate profitability. In 2004, Michael was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumni from Duke University.
Michael received his BSE in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Duke University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a General Motors and A.B. Duke Scholar. He received his Master’s in Optical Engineering from Cambridge University (England) attending as a Churchill Scholar. He also has a Master’s degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University and was an NSF Fellow. Michael received his Ph.D. from Duke University also as an NSF Fellow.