Michael Chen is currently the General Partner and CEO of Chen & Associates, an advisory services firm focused on the financial services, media, aviation, and food industries. Michael co-founded the firm in 1997 and joined full-time in 2013. His primary focus is managing a family office in Connecticut. In addition, he serves as the Vice Chairman of Grace Farms Foundation (www.gracefarms.org). He also serves as the Chairman of The CEO Forum (www.ceoforum.ceo), a fast growing media company focused on disseminating CEO wisdom exclusively to the top 10,000 CEO’s and aspiring CEO’s.
From 2012-2013, he was a Management Committee Advisor and Strategic Partner to the Chief Investment Officer at Bridgewater Associates.
From 2011-2012, he was the President of NBC News’ Strategic Initiatives Group 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.
He was also the Chairman of the Board and creator of the Peacock Equity Fund from 2006-2010, which was a digital media fund supported by GE and NBC Universal that returned 40% IRR before being merged into Comcast Ventures.
Michael started as a financial analyst for IBM in 1985. After spending nine years at IBM in various financial and management positions, he joined GE in 1994 as Vice President of Risk and Portfolio Management for GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), where he was responsible for underwriting and evaluating airline financing deals for North America. 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 4x to nearly $500M in Net Income.
Michael has been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. He currently serves as an Emeritus Advisory Council member for the SC Johnson School of Business. In addition, he previously served on the Board of The Weather Channel, the Norwalk Community College Foundation, the Diversity Advisory Board at Sodexo Corporation, the Executive Diversity Council of GE, and the Planning Team for Grace Community Church. He was named the top Asian American in business in 2008 by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC), and he was presented with the “Distinguished Service Award” by Norwalk Community College in 2010.
He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA in Finance from the SC Johnson School of Business at Cornell University.