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Michael Ian Fanning

President, Business Partnership Foundation for the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina

Michael Ian Fanning, who recently retired as Michelin North America’s director of sustainable development, has been elected president of the Business Partnership Foundation for the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

The Business Partnership Foundation (BPF) was established as a tax-exempt nonprofit in 1969 to serve as a partnership between business and academic communities to make the Moore School one of the best business schools in the nation.

Most recently, Fanning led the Michelin Performance and Responsibility process in North America, which charts the company’s response to global growth challenges.

Prior to his current position, Fanning spent five years as director of sustainable development for Michelin Group at its global headquarters in France, helping establish new company governance, goals and practices, during which time the company achieved the top ranking in the automotive parts sector in the Dow-Jones Sustainability Index. Between 2000 and early 2011, Fanning was vice president of corporate affairs for Michelin North America, responsible for corporate communication, government affairs, and media planning and buying. Fanning joined Michelin in 1999, following executive communication assignments with Liberty Corp., The Reader’s Digest Assn., IBM and the Associated General Contractors of America.

Fanning is a past liaison-delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, where he led the city task force for Sustainable Mobility Project 2.0 in Chengdu, China. He was also the company’s representative to the U.N. Global Compact and an advisory board member for the Initiative on Sustainability with The Conference Board. Fanning is a past chairman of the Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition, and he held board positions with the
Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Organization for International Investment, all based in Washington, D.C. He also served on the board of The Yellowstone Park Foundation, Bozeman, Mont., and the Automotive Hall of Fame, Dearborn, Mich. He is a past chairman and current member of the Advisory Council on Communication at the College of Charleston.

Fanning is a native of Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV and film from University College at the University of Maryland.

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B.A. in radio, TV, and film, University of Maryland