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Mike is an Expert and Executive Advisor with Crenshaw Associates, providing background to clients in career discussions with private equity firms.
Currently, he is an Operating Partner at Falconhead Capital and serves as Executive Chairman of Rita’s Italian Ices, one of Falconhead’s portfolio companies. He has been in the private equity sector for the past 15 years and has built four portfolio companies as CEO for Rutledge Capital, Riverside Company, and Pouschine Cook Capital Management.
His earlier career has taken him to 58 countries and spanned a wide range of businesses in consumer products and services in B2B categories. He has served in global operating executive roles with the Clairol Division of Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Tambrands, Air Express International, and PepsiCo, where he served two tours of duty as a Division President of PepsiCola East and of Pizza Hut.
Mike holds a Masters Professional Director Certification from The American College of Corporate Directors and is also an NACD 2011 Masters Governance Fellow. He has served on both private and public company boards and chaired the compensation committees of two boards. Currently, he is a director of CP Kelco, Javo Beverage, and iControl.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering from New York University and his MBA in Marketing from NYU’s Stern Graduate School of Business.
In his extracurricular life, Mike is an active private pilot. The father of two grown daughters, he is the author of the children’s best-seller, “Traveling Again, Dad?” with profits donated to children’s charities. Mike is a regular speaker and presenter on the subject of private equity.