2018 - VOLVO CARS AB , GOTHENBURG - DIRECTOR
My years in Venture Capital bought me close to the massive transformations in mobility and vehicle ownership. The speed of these changes is incredible, yet I believe that customer's trust remains with household names that embed trust, safety and reliability. Volvo embodies these values - values we need for the future of transport. Working with other Geely Group companies as the premium product, leading in both the Western and the Chinese consumer ecosystem.
Member Audit Committee
2018 - LUMINOR AB , TALLINN - INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
Proving that six into one can work. A Pan Baltic bank, created by merging the legacy branches of Nordea and DnB in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. A massive technical and operational challenge, with the backing and vision of Blackstone to build the best bank in the region. Member Audit Committee, Risk Committee. Chairman of Technology & Migration Committee.
2017 - KNEIP COMMUNICATIONS, LUXEMBOURG - INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
Together with many of my former Skype colleagues, we are taking this RegTech business into the next iteration. A 25 year old business, still well run by its original owner embodying the quality and sustainability needed for a business providing certainty as a service. .As compliance needs increase, products that automate and simplify service are more and more necessary.
2016 - AXA UK PLC - NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NED at AXA, including various subsidiaries and committees. Prime function is as Board Member with specialism in Digital Customer Journey and Transformation, the only member balancing the strong insurance industry weight of the existing board against modern customer focus and technological awareness. I work with the CEOs and senior managers of various business units as the company moves its 200 year legacy via massive digital initiatives towards customer focus and agility.
Director : AXA PPP. AXA Insurance, AXA UK PLC, Architas.
Member Risk Committee ,Audit Committee and Renumeration Committee
2015 -2019; BLOCKCHAIN SA, LUXEMBOURG - INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
I met the founders of Blockchain back in the early days of Bitcoin. They gave me my first Bitcoin, and once I'ld taken the King's Shilling there was no way back. Now the largest provider of wallets worldwide, the only thing to say 'there's never a dull day in crypto'.
2007- 2018: MANGROVE CAPITAL - PARTNER
Michael sourced and managed investments in companies providing technology solutions in a variety of areas. In general, Fintech, Telecommunications and Consumer focused products. He applies his extensive background in operations, commercialisation and the knowledge gained through a wide exposure to many projects at the forefront of business and technical innovation.
An active board member and shareholder is an advisory role, with results only achieved through challenging, sparring, coaching, persuading and using the experience gained at some of the fastest growing companies in technology to ensure results at the same time matching the underlying changes of the business environment with the upcoming technological or business model changes.
Michael achieves investment success through assisting and inspiring teams and entrepreneurs to reach as far as possible. His personal experience brings credibility, and is frequently asked to provide Keynotes at Industry conferences.
2004-2007: SKYPE COMMUNICATIONS SARL
As COO of Skype, Michael was responsible for both Operations and all Revenue Generating Services. Michael developed and launched paid services in 2004 and was responsible for their growth to over €450 million p.a three years later.
In this role, Michael ran all operational functions, including all support systems, worldwide payments, regulatory, customer service, system operations, telecommunications systems and agreements, fraud control plus development of a range of Mobile products. He also served as eBay representative on the board of FON, the global free wifi operator and was part of the eBay/PayPal/Skype management team led by Meg Whitman, gaining experience as a ‘registered insider’ in a large US listed company
2000-2004: TELE2 AB
Michael invented the concept and developed and launched MVNO mobile operations for Tele2 AB, the largest alternative carrier in Europe. Reporting to the CEO, he was responsible for negotiating agreements, consumer strategy, launching and building mobile operations in 9 countries, all over Europe, ultimately with direct responsibility for turnover of more than 100 million euro, within a listed company turning over 2 billion, with 26 million customers gained from incumbents.
1996 - 2000: TELE2 A/S
Tele2 was the first alternative carrier in Denmark. Michael setup the operations of this new company, from discussions with regulators to set the legal framework, through launch and growth to the largest alternative carrier in Denmark, with a turnover of €150 million. Within his responsibility fell launch and operations of Get2Net - Denmark’s largest consumer ISP plus the purchase and management of UNI2 the largest business ISP in Denmark of the time.
Head of Service and Support Department
1990-1993: MOTOROLA MOBILE DATA
Senior Systems Engineer
1987-1990: DIGITAL MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
Senior Systems Engineer
Graduate Trainee, followed by Engineer in Transmitter Capital Projects Department
1981 / 1984 University College, London ( UCL ) B.Sc Electrical and Electronics Engineering
2014-present UCL - Guest Lecturer MBA - Business of Telecoms.
English / Mother
Danish / Second Language
French / B2
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