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Michael Soenen is a Partner at Valor Equity Partners, a operational growth investment firm focused on non-control and control investments in high growth companies. Michael currently serves and Chairman and CEO of Manduka, a premium yoga products company. He previously served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of FTD Group, Inc., a leading provider of floral and specialty gift products. He also held positions as President and Chief Operating Officer of FTD, Inc., President and CEO of FTD.com and Vice President of Marketing of FTD, Inc. Prior to FTD, Inc., Michael worked at Perry Capital, LLC., a leading hedge fund and private equity firm and Salomon Brothers Inc., a leading investment bank. Michael also served on the Board of Directors of Rewards Network, Inc., Youbet.com and OptionsXpress. He currently serves on the Board of Manduka, All Weather, Inc. and Motorsport Aftermarket Group. He is a 1992 graduate of Kalamazoo College. Michael is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.