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Michael joined Valor in 2015 and served as the Co-Head of Valor's operations group and as a member of Valor's Investment Committee through 2020. His responsibilities included investment structuring, execution, and due diligence of potential acquisitions along with managing Valor's Growth, Lean/Supply Chain, and Data Science Teams. Michael was formerly a Director Manduka, Benchmark Analytics, and Fooda, all Valor portfolio companies.
Before joining Valor, Mike served as a senior advisor and co-investor in numerous private equity transactions. Previously, Mike served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of FTD Group, Inc., a leading provider of floral and specialty gift products he took public in 2005, following a private equity transaction led by Leonard Green & Partners. He previously held positions as President and Chief Operating Officer of FTD, Inc., President & CEO of FTD.com, which he took public in 1999.
Michael also served as a Director of Rewards Network, Inc., Youbet.com, OptionsXpress, All Weather, Inc., and Motorsport Aftermarket Group. Michael worked at Perry Capital, LLC, and Salomon Brothers Inc and is a graduate of Kalamazoo College. Michael was named a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute in 2011.