Mike held

Board Member

Mr. Mike Held has spent most of his career in executive finance positions for global
manufacturing companies. His responsibilities have included the integrity of financial
reporting, ensuring the capability of finance organizations, supporting the optimization of
operational performance, and the effective execution of merger and acquisition
activities. Currently Mr. Held provides consulting services including financial and
operational leadership, financial analysis and facilitating the implementation of lean
processes. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain University of Health
Professions and is a member of the Board’s finance committee.
Mr. Held was a member of the board at Heartland Agri Partners (d/b/a Insta-Pro
International). As the first Audit Committee Chairman, Mr. Held established the audit
committee structure, developed the committee’s charter and calendar, improved
relations with the external auditors and ensured appropriate insurance policies and
cybersecurity controls were implemented and maintained. In addition, Mr. Held
improved the process, and retained qualified independent advisors, for the preparation
of the annual fair market valuation for the company.
Recently, Mr. Held was Senior Vice President at Steel Partners Holdings, a public
holding company, with financial oversight responsibility for more than a dozen
manufacturing companies. For a period, he served as the interim Group CEO. As the
Chief Financial Officer at Grain Systems Inc. (GSI), he was a member of the executive
team that represented the business through the auction and eventual sale transaction of
the private equity owned company for $1B. Other accomplishments at GSI included
playing a leadership role in the rapid growth of the business in China, improving cash
flow and financial analysis processes.
Mr. Held was the Group Vice President of Finance at Danaher where he was involved in
over $3B in acquisitions and drove several initiatives that improved cash flow and
profitability by millions of dollars. His career began at AlliedSignal (subsequently
merged with Honeywell) where he held several different finance leadership positions
over business units with global operations.
Mr. Held earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance
from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration with a
concentration in finance and accounting from Michigan State University.
He and his wife, Stacey, live in Connecticut and they have two grown children. Mr. Held
enjoys golf, hiking, and spending time with his family.