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May Busch

May Busch

Executive In Residence, Office of the President

Office of the President
Arizona State University
PO Box 877705
Tempe, AZ 85287-7705


  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Executive In Residence, Office of the President
  • Professor of Practice, W. P. Carey School of Business


May Busch works with senior management of corporations and professional services firms on organizational strategy, leadership development, and client effectiveness. Through her consulting practice, May Busch & Associates Ltd, she offers workshops, keynotes, consulting and executive coaching to high-potential and high-performance leaders and their teams.

May also is a Senior Advisor and Executive in Residence in the Office of the President, and Professor of Practice at W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University where she lectures on leadership, and works on interdisciplinary initiatives across the university with an emphasis on leadership, entrepreneurship and enhancing the engagement between business and academia. She chairs The Idea Enterprise, a program for bringing experienced business leaders to ASU to help turn its best ideas into forces for change in the world. In addition, she is co-designing a Leadership Academy for faculty and staff at the University. ASU is the largest US public research university, and pioneer of the New American University model for higher education.

Prior to this, May enjoyed a 24-year career at Morgan Stanley spanning two continents in nine different business roles across Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Firm Management. She was most recently Chief Operating Officer for Europe where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Firm’s business strategy in Europe, Middle East and Africa. She chaired the firm’s European Diversity Council and was a member of Morgan Stanley’s European Management Committee as well as a Board Member of the Firm’s FSA-regulated UK broker dealer. Prior to that, May spent most of her career in client facing roles, advising senior clients at major corporations in North America, Europe and the UK, and managing teams with client responsibility.

Following her successful investment banking career, May has focused on bringing her insights and experiences to help top leaders advance their organizations, and to promote greater thought leadership, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit in the workplace. In addition to her work with major corporations and professional services firms, May has lectured at Imperial College Business School, Cass Business School, Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Harvard University’s Office of Career Services, and ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.

May graduated with a BA magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a graduate of The Meyler Campbell Business Coach Programme.


  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • BA (magna cum laude), Economics, Harvard University