As Chairman, Chen is involved with firm strategy, talent acquisition and investor relations.
In addition to his work with The CEO Forum, Michael is General Partner and CEO of Chen & Associates, an advisory services firm focused on the media, financial services, aviation, and food industry. In addition, he serves as the Strategic Advisor to the President of Grace Farms Foundation (www.gracefarms.org) and he is a board advisor to a golf technology company (www.boccierigolf.com) and is the chief financial advisor to a family office.
From 2012-2013, he was a Management Committee Advisor and Strategic Partner to the Chief Investment Officer at Bridgewater Associates. From 2011-2012, he served as the President of NBC News’ Strategic Initiatives Group & Education Nation and served on the Board of Directors for The Weather Channel.
Prior to joining NBC News, Michael was a GE Officer and President & CEO of GE Capital’s Media, Communications, and Entertainment (MCE) business from 2006-2010. Despite the tough economic environment, his team was able to grow net income 15% annually during that time period. He also founded the Peacock Equity Fund in 2006, which was a $250MM digital media fund that returned 40% IRR to investors during its lifetime from before being sold to Comcast Ventures.
Michael started as a financial analyst for IBM. He joined GE in 1994 as Vice President for GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). He was named Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America of GECAS in 1999. From 1999-2006, he helped grow the North America business by 5x to over $500MM in Net Income.
He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University.
Michael has been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. He currently serves as an Emeritus Advisory Council member for the Johnson School, and is a member of the Planning Team at his local church. He previously served on the Board of Norwalk Community College Foundation, the Diversity Advisory Board of Sodexo Corporation, and the Executive Diversity Council of GE Corporation.