Mike Cadenazzi

Managing Director, Aerospace & Defense, Ernst & Young LLP

Growth strategy and transformation leader. Passionate about driving creativity to unlock innovation when a new approach is needed. Avid reader and family man.

Mike currently serves as a managing director for the EY Americas supporting the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Consulting service line.

He has more than 25 years of experience in defense, aerospace and government addressing strategic and operational challenges.

Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has launched or participated in multiple startups across artificial intelligence (AI), analytics and technical services. He is a veteran who served 10 years as a U.S. Navy cryptologic officer in operational and staff positions in Asia and Europe.

Mike earned his BS in Engineering from Tulane University and holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on RF Communications and Signals Intelligence from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

How Mike is building a better working world

“I am building a better working world by pushing back on standard, tired assumptions that persist in the market. I want to understand why they no longer work and engage in dialogue that leads us to a better way forward. I’m trying to raise three daughters to be upstanding, responsible citizens and future consulting candidates. I will always encourage them to share what’s on their mind and to not focus on what’s easy, but rather on what needs to be done.”

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