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 connect business and academic communities, making the Moore School one of the best business schools in the nation.
Fanning, who began his role as president on Jan. 23, brings nearly four decades of communications and executive experience to the BPF.
The position was recently created as a desire by the BPF to expand its role beyond the supplemental financial support it provides the Moore School through gifts, bequests and trusts. Its expanded mission will include greater interaction with the business community and alumni in the state, region and around the world.
Fanning joined Michelin North America in 1999 and in 2000 became vice president of corporate affairs, building on executive communications roles with Liberty Corp., Reader’s Digest Association, IBM and the Associated General Contractors of America.
In 2011 he embarked on a five-year international assignment at Michelin’s worldwide headquarters in France to lead the company’s global program in sustainability, which addresses the new energy, environmental and social challenges presented by a growing population. He returned to the United States in 2015, where he led Michelin’s sustainable development efforts in North America.
A native of Washington, D.C., Fanning earned a bachelor’s degree in radio, TV and film from University College at the University of Maryland.