Michael Frankel is a senior innovation, corporate development, strategy and operating executive who has spent his career driving growth and innovation through acquisitions, ecosystems, investments, new products/services and entering new markets. He currently serves as Managing Director of the Deloitte New-venture Accelerator. Prior to joining Deloitte Michael served as CFO for two early stage technology companies and before that was Senior Vice President, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions for LexisNexis Group. In that role he had global responsibility for all corporate development activities (acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments and alliances).
Michael has experience in several sectors including business services, market research and data analytics, B2B content and data and enterprise software. He has deep expertise in acquisitions, equity and venture investing, strategy, product development and international expansion. He has led initiatives and transactions, deploying over $10B in capital, and driving strategic expansion at several Fortune 500 companies.
Before joining LexisNexis, Michael served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Information Resources Inc. (IRI). Reporting to the CEO and Chairman, Frankel was responsible for all strategic transactions including acquisitions, equity investments, divestitures, strategic partnerships and corporate strategy.
Prior to IRI Michael was Vice President Business Development at GE Capital’s consumer finance group. At VeriSign he served as Vice President Corporate Development—where he led one of the ten most acquisitive corporate development teams in the technology sector—and later served as Vice President and General Manager of their Directory Services group. Michael was also Vice President Investment Banking with Merrill Lynch and a Corporate Associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Michael is a frequent speaker on growth strategies and strategic transactions. During his career Michael has led and closed more than 100 transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures and alliances. Michael has also led operational initiatives to develop and launch new products and technologies, expand into new markets and segments and restructure businesses and operations. In addition, he has authored three books and several articles on M&A. Michael earned a BA in Political Science, an MA in International Relations, an MBA, and a Juris Doctorate—all from the University of Chicago.