Michael NortonEX-CIO University of Minnesota & General Counsel to the Minnesota World Trade Center Corporation

Mr. Norton is President and Chief Executive Officer of mPower Technologies, Inc. Prior to founding mPower Technologies, Mr. Norton served as VP of Digital Technology for Barnes & Noble, Inc, and prior as VP of Global Ecommerce for Toys R Us.

Immediately prior to these engagements Mr. Norton co-founded and served for 14 years as President of Avenet Web Solutions, which created and deployed a proprietary content management system and ecommerce solutions used by more than 1400 local governments and more than 800 non-profit and for profit entities throughout the US and Canada. Before Avenet, he served for the United States Departments of Labor, Education, Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget. He has held a variety of technology and policy development positions over the past 30 years, including CIO of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, General Counsel to the Minnesota World Trade Center Corporation, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota, Committee Administrator for the Minnesota Senate Committee on Governmental Operations and Clerk to the Hon. Ester M. Tomljanovich. He is a graduate of Hamline University and the University of Minnesota Law School.

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