Michael is a highly experienced chief executive with a track record of identifying and delivering value at privately-owned mid-market companies.
Prior to joining Mainsheet OP, Michael spent six years as CEO and president of Hasselblad Inc., transforming the 80-year-old, world-class camera manufacturer for the 21st century. Michael ran a variety of technology, software, security, and distribution companies in his career. He is a restructuring specialist who is known primarily for sales reorganization, sales channel development, and the application of technologies and software to optimize every aspect of an organization.
Outside the office, Michael races motorcycles on courses around the world. Michael sees many similarities between his hobby and being an Operating Partner.
“To master a track one needs to read everything one can, study maps, talk to professionals, coaches, other racers. Immersion is important, but one can’t lose focus on the big picture. ‘Target fixation,’ the act of obsessing on one thing is the leading cause of crashes on the racetrack … and in business too. Riding is all about precision and speed, pushing the machine to the limit of the traction that exists between the tires and the asphalt. All parts of the motorcycle need to be in sync, including, or especially, the pilot – the rider.”
Michael holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Anthropology from Ohio University, was a Board member of Appalachian State University from 2013-2015, and is multilingual (English, German, and Spanish).