For 40 years, Michael Marks has successfully led and transformed technology companies. He is a founding managing partner at Celesta Capital, where he co-leads the firm. From 2007 to 2019, he was a founding partner at Riverwood Capital Management, a private equity fund specializing in rapidly growing private companies in North America and emerging markets. He was a partner and senior advisor at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) in 2006 and 2007. Before KKR, he spent 13 years as Chairman and CEO of Flextronics International Ltd. and built the company into one of the largest technology companies in the world.
"The entrepreneur has to be a true believer. You look at these great, successful companies that have been built in the world…they start them because they’re on a mission. I always begin there. If people are not passionate, it never works."