CEO of Nortel Networks Corporation
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Just imagine the challenges Mike Zafirovski, CEO of Nortel Networks Corp., faced when he immigrated to the United States in 1969 without knowing a word of English. Just two years after leaving Macedonia, he began his studies at Edinboro University on a swim scholarship. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Zafirovski went to work at General Electric. Over the next 24 years, his leadership abilities were recognized with a series of increasingly more senior positions around the globe. In June 2002, he joined Motorola as president and COO and led the company in its efforts to increase market share and return to profitability. Now, Zafirovski has moved onto a new challenge as CEO of Nortel Networks Corp.
Over the years, Zafirovski has not forgotten his roots. “Giving back to the community is a top objective that is only limited by your imagination and your heart,” says Zafirovski. Over the years, he has consistently supported the university and provided opportunities for students to emulate his achievements. Recognizing these efforts, the university presented Zafirovski with an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service.