Michael S. Hyatt

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Michael S. Hyatt is the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. He blogs at michaelhyatt.com on "intentional leadership." He writes on leadership, productivity, publishing, and social media.[1] He also has a popular podcast called “This Is Your Life.”

Hyatt has spent his entire career working in one facet or another of book publishing. He began at Word Publishing while a student at Baylor University. He started his own publishing company, Wolgemuth & Hyatt, with Robert Wolgemuth in 1986. In 1992, Word acquired Wolgemuth & Hyatt.

A literary agent from 1992 until 1998, Hyatt missed the world of corporate publishing. He rejoined Thomas Nelson in 1998. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in both divisional and corporate management. He was promoted to President and COO in February 2004 and CEO in August 2005. His tenure at the company ended when HarperCollins acquired Thomas Nelson in June 2012.

Hyatt now writes and speaks full-time. He has written seven books. His most recent, “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,” is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA bestseller. His e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.[2]

He and his wife Gail live in Nashville, Tennessee.