As Chief Financial Officer, Michael Muldowney works closely with all business units on transactional, strategic, financial and operational initiatives. Michael brings to Gordon Brothers over 25 years of global experience and strategic planning, operational improvement, and cost optimization. Prior to joining Gordon Brothers, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foxford Capital, a strategic, financial advisory and investment management firm, where he led the planning, start-up, and growth of this boutique business serving investment banks, hedge funds, mutual funds, and private equity groups He is a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School for the course “Adding Value through Restructuring.” Prior to this role, he served as the former Interim Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of global education leader, Houghton Mifflin, where he led the merger of Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt as well as one of the largest, out-of-court balance sheet restructurings of its kind. Earlier in his career, Michael held various positions, including President, at Nextera Enterprises, Partner at Oliver Wyman, (formerly Mercer Management Consulting) and various management positions at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Michael earned his BA in Accounting from St. Ambrose University and is a former Certified Public Accountant. He serves as a trustee and on the board of directors of various public and philanthropic organizations, including Veritiv, Cathedral High School, Hugs for Heroes, Inc., St. Sebastians School and Danny Amendola's Catches for Kids.