noun. One who facilitates leadership experiences for Ariel. synonyms; thought leader, guide, guru.

Michael McCoy

Michael McCoy

Tokyo, Japan


  • APAC

Michael McCoy is a bilingual (JP/EN) coach with 25 years experience of in project leadership bridging Japanese and EU cultures for internal and external clients across multiple sectors. His perspective and awareness come from negotiating with, influencing, and reporting to a broad diversity of decision-makers. Career notables include Panasonic’s European HQ, where he led a pan-EU team to identify €100M in non-headcount related operation cost savings in the consumer sales network and was awarded the global Panasonic Foundation Day HQ Directors’ Prize 2008.

A big-picture thinker, Michael’s areas of emphasis include authenticity, aligning management vision with stakeholder expectations, collaboration and influencing across functions and business domains, helping non-Japanese managers to lead Japanese teams and vice-versa, leadership development and behavioral change, cross-cultural communication, and leading change.

Michael particularly enjoys supporting executives in sense-making between German and Japanese business contexts, having effectively bridged both from an outsider’s perspective over several years and dozens of trips to Germany.

Recent client examples include Amazon, Alcoa, AstraZeneca, Chugai/Roche, Ericsson, Ernst & Young, Government of Japan, Hitachi, Hewlett Packard, IBM, International Christian University, Tokyo (Global Leadership Studies program), Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Sumitomo, Pieroth Japan, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.


  • Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach (MGSCC)
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • Coach Master’s Toolkit, Center for Executive Coaching
  • ITCA Individual Team Coaching Accreditation, European Mentoring and Coaching Council
  • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® – (certified in Japanese) HBDI Japan
  • World Café Masterclass (JP)


  • Post Graduate Certificate, Leading Innovation and Change, York Business School, UK
  • Master of Arts in Leading Innovation and Change, York St. John University (UK)
  • Social Administration, University of Ulster (UK)

Practice Areas

  • Authenticity
  • Collaboration Across Boundaries
  • Cross-Function/-Silo
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leading Change
  • Leadership Development
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Vision Creation and Cascading