CV :: Michael M. Wood, Chairman

 

Michael M. Wood is Chairman of Redwood Investments LLC, a Washington, DC investment company concentrating in media, real estate, and alternative energy. On July 2, 2012 the firm, through its subsidiary Redwood Acquisitions, acquired CSP Information Group, Inc. (link to press release here)

 

From 2006-2009 he was US Ambassador to Sweden. Shortly after being sworn in June 5, 2006, he announced that his top priority was cooperation between the U.S. and Sweden in alternative energy technology. During his three years in Sweden he traveled to all 21 län (counties) looking for alternative energy companies that could benefit from cooperation with American venture capital and research institutions. The Ambassador’s list of the best of these Swedish companies contains 52 firms and the embassy estimates the resulting volume of activity between Swedish firms and US interests is $150-200MM. The most important results were in biofuels, automotive engine technology, and alternative jet fuel.

In recognition for this work, on May 4, 2009 the King of Sweden bestowed on Wood the insignia of Commander Grand Cross, Order of the Polar Star, a medal given by Sweden’s Royal Family to people of foreign birth who make significant contributions to Sweden.

Prior to becoming ambassador, Wood was co-founder and CEO of Hanley Wood LLC, the leading media company in the construction industry and one of the ten largest business-to-business media companies in the U.S. On August 1, 2005 Wood and private equity partner Veronis Suhler Stevenson sold Hanley Wood to JPMorgan Partners (now CCMP Capital).

In addition to his investing activities at Redwood, Wood is on the Board of Trustees for The American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York and the Board of Directors of Capital Partners for Education in Washington, DC.

Wood grew up in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Yale in 1969. On June 13, 2009 he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Kettering University in Flint for his work as ambassador. He and his wife Judy have two grown children; Mike (37) and Kimberly (34), and six grandchildren. The family lives in Washington, DC.

Michael M. Wood, Chairman

Redwood Investments LLC

P.O. Box 25327
Washington, DC 20027

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