Bio: Robert L. Michel is Editor-in-Chief of The Dark Report, an intelligence service and publication providing economic and strategic assessment of the clinical laboratory industry for senior executives and pathologists. He produces the “Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management”, held every spring. This meeting has an international reputation as a source of innovative and effective management strategies and business models for pathologists and laboratory executives. He co-produces similar annual lab industry meetings in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Every September, he also hosts “Lab Quality Confab” on Lean and Six Sigma in Hospitals and Laboratories.
Michel’s expertise is strategic analysis, corporate planning and market trend assessment. Formerly he was Director of Strategic Analysis and Special Projects for the regional laboratory division of Nichols Institute prior to and through its merger with Corning Clinical Laboratories (now Quest Diagnostics Incorporated). His corporate experience includes executive positions with Proctor & Gamble Distributing Company, Financial Corp. of America and Centex Corporation. In addition, he is a winner of the Newsletter and Electronic Publisher Association’s prestigious “Best Investigative Reporting” Award and is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in Healthcare and Medicine. Michel earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).