Michael Gollner

Independent Director

Michael Gollner

Michael Gollner is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and member of several boards of directors. His expertise spans the media and technology sectors and the field of business transformation. Holder of an MA in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School, Michael Gollner began his career in investment banking at Marine Midland Bank from 1985 to 1987, Goldman Sachs from 1989 to 1994 and Lehman Brothers from 1994 to 1999.

With a passion for technology and media – sectors little understood by the market at the time – in 1999 he joined Citigroup Venture Capital (which later became Court Square Capital) as its Managing Director, Europe.

He founded investment firm Operating Capital Partners in London in 2008. As Managing Partner, Michael Gollner supports the development of a portfolio of companies in around 20 countries, mostly in the technology, media and cable sectors. On a day-to-day basis, he handles issues to do with data processing and business model transformation. Thanks to his expertise in this area, he is a director of Levelset, a payments platform in the construction sector.

Michael Gollner is also Executive Chairman of Madison Sports Group, which he founded in 2013. The group promotes the Six Day Series of professional cycling events, which have enjoyed great success worldwide.

A member of the Board of Directors of Axway Software since 2012 and of the Board of Directors of Sopra Steria since 2018, Michael Gollner brings the perspective of an anglophone financier who is highly invested in the operational aspects of the companies he oversees or supports.