Michael J. Montgomery is an advisor and investor in early stage companies, an active board member, and a Lecturer at the Anderson School of Business. Michael was the Co-Founder and President of Montgomery & Co., LLC, a boutique investment bank focused on media and technology, from 2000 through 2013. The Investment Bank specialized in M&A and equity financings for private and public companies. Montgomery & Co. became known for its focus on the intersection of media and technology. Montgomery & Co. merged its operations into Signal Hill in 2013.
Prior to Montgomery & Co., he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sega GameWorks L.L.C., a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios, and DreamWorks. It owned and operated family entertainment centers across the United States.
Prior to joining Sega GameWorks, he was a partner and Senior Executive of DreamWorks SKG from 1995 to 1996. He was their lead executive for their $900 million equity raise in 1995.
He joined DreamWorks after a nine year career at the Walt Disney Company. As Assistant Treasurer and then Vice President and Treasurer, Michael was responsible for numerous innovative financing arrangements conceived and executed for Disney. In 1993, he moved to Paris, France, to serve as Directeur General and Chief Financial Officer of Euro Disney, where he played an important role in a difficult financial and operational restructuring.
Before joining Disney, he worked at ARCO in its treasury organization. From 1980 to 1984, he also served as CFO and later President of Arco Solar Europe, a subsidiary of Arco Solar, in Milan, Italy and later, London, UK. At that time, Arco Solar was the largest solar photovoltaic company in the world. In 1996, he returned to Los Angeles as the Manager of Corporate Finance for ARCO.
He has been a Director of Synacor, Inc. since December 2011. He was a Director of DreamWorks Animation from July 2006 through to its sale in August of 2016. He chairs the Audit Committee for Synacor, and also had the same role at Dreamworks. He is also on the board of Open Methods and a board advisor to several private companies.
He received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (1977), where he earned a BA degree (1976) as a Rufus Choate Scholar with magna cum laude honors.