Michael Marks (entrepreneur)

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Michael E. Marks

(1950-12-31) December 31, 1950 (age 73)
St. Louis , Missouri, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Technology entrepreneur
  • investor
  • philanthropist
Known forKaterra
  • Founding Managing Partner at WRVI Capital
  • CEO and founder of Katerra
  • Founding partner of Riverwood Capital
Board member of
  • WRVI Capital
  • Katerra
  • Riverwood Capital

Michael E. Marks is an American businessman and investor.

History and education

Marks graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology from Oberlin College in Ohio and then a master's in business administration from Harvard University.

He was named one of the "Heroes of Manufacturing" in Fortune magazine in the year 2000 and according to Electronic Business Magazine one of the Top Ten Most Influential Executives in Silicon Valley History and CEO of the Year in 2003.


After briefly working for a coal company, Marks began working for Flextronics International Ltd.

Marks started his journey at Flextronics (Flex) [1] in the late 1980s, but left in 1990 for a CEO position at Metcal. Because he had made a favorable impression with board members, he became chairman of the executive board in 1993 and was appointed CEO in January of 1994.

During Marks' 13-year tenure as Flex's CEO, he led the company from annualized revenues of $93 Million to $25 Billion with operations in over 35 countries, making it one of the largest technology companies in the world.

Marks later served as the board chairman for Flex from 2006-2007, simultaneously contributing as partner and senior advisor at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, a global investment firm.

He was also a General (and Founding) Partner of Riverwood Capital from 2007-2015 — a private equity firm which invests in rapidly growing private companies in North America and in emerging markets. In 2015, Marks co-founded Katerra, a construction technology firm [2]. Under his leadership, Katerra went on to develop an order book of over $2B.

Marks recently left Katerra to work full time as a general partner for WRVI Capital. Currently, Marks is a director at Berkeley Lights (Chairman), Bossa Nova (Chairman), Finicast, The Melt, Enjoy, Maui Greens, White Rabbit, and Smartfrog/Canary.


Marks founded the Michael E Marks Family Foundation[3] in 1998. The foundation focuses on giving in three distinct areas: women and girls; music and the arts; and education. He was also on the board of The Juilliard School from 2011-2017.


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