Cheri Alexander

Chief Innovation Officer-Corporate Learning, Michigan Ross Executive Education

Career Background

Cheri is the Chief Innovation Officer-Corporate Learning in Michigan Ross’ Executive Education Department. She teaches Leadership and Managing Human Capital in the BBA and MBA programs, as well as leadership and HR topics for Executive Education. Prior to retiring from General Motors, she was the President of the General Motors University and Executive Director, Global HR. In that position, she was the Chief Learning Officer of the company overseeing Global Learning & Performance. Cheri was also part of the company’s Global Integration Team that oversaw Global HR Implementation, focusing on the emerging markets.

At GM, Cheri had 33 years of successful International Human Resource Management and Labor Relations experience. In addition to the multiple areas inside HR in which she has worked, Cheri had assignments in Plant Management, Quality, and Engineering. She lived and worked in four countries on three continents and was responsible for all HR outside of North America as the VP of HR for International Operations, overseeing and visiting operations in 51 countries.

Cheri has published work on Noise Induced Hearing Loss and completed her thesis on the Relocation of Dislocated Automobile Workers. Her work is cited in three books, United We Stand, by Wilbur and Weakley; Successful Mergers, Acquisitions, and Strategic Alliances, by Gancel, Rodgers, and Raynaud; and Road to Power, by Colby.

In addition to her work, Cheri is on the Boards of the Inforum Center for Leadership and debunk-it, LTD, a European consultancy. She is dedicated to global education and often speaks on her favorite topics, "Being International" and "Global Superficial Homogenization – What it Means to be Global."  

Education & Certifications

  • The University of Michigan, Bachelor of Science

  • The University of Michigan, Master of Science, Industrial Health Engineering

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, Master of Science

  • Certified Executive Leadership Coach


  • International HR management

  • Labor relations

  • Mergers & acquisitions

  • JV formation and execution

  • Talent management

  • Succession planning

  • Leadership development

  • Corporate universities

  • Security

  • Crisis management

  • Safety

  • Business process outsourcing

Noted Accomplishments: 

Nominated for and received the Chairman’s Award for work in positive downsizing