Michael has over 10 years of experience leading and advising consumer and retail companies, both startup and early stage companies and mature global retail brands. Michael is a hands-on business operations leader with a proven track record of helping teams deliver and scale revenue, drive efficiencies and engage customers.
Most recently, Michael was VP Brand Strategy & Finance at 1800Flowers. In this role, he was responsible for the overall strategic operating plan and go-to market strategy. This included advising on recommended product assortments and digital marketing strategies that best reflected preferences of specific customer segments, considering price, quality, and customer insight. Prior to this role, Michael was the Director of Global Strategy at Gap for two years, where he was responsible for accelerating growth and identifying emerging trends and category merchandising opportunities. Before Gap, Michael was a consultant at Kurt Salmon, a retail management consulting firm, where he worked on key business transformation projects for a number of large apparel and grocery clients. Earlier in his career, before earning an MBA at NYU, Michael launched a maternity startup clothing design and manufacturing company that he eventually sold.