Mike Yost is President of MESA International, a global, not-for-profit industry association. He brings over 25 years of industrial, commercial, and management experience to this role. Mike has held various leadership roles in automation and industrial software businesses, including Manufacturing Solutions Leader for GE-Intelligent Platforms’ Production Management Software business, and commercial positions with Activplant Corporation and Rockwell Automation. He has specialized in the Manufacturing Execution (MES), Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) and Operations Management software arenas since 1999. For the past two years, Mike has led MESA International to improve its ability to help manufacturers make sense out of the role of modern information technologies in their manufacturing operations. He holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. His affiliations include MESA International and the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition.