Michael E. Marks

Michael E. Marks
Lecturer, Operations, Information & Technology
Contact Info
Lecturer in Management

Teaching Statement

Michael co-teaches “Strategy in Global Supply Networks." His focus is on pushing students to think about business globally, not only from a logistics perspective but also in terms of cultural and collaborative frameworks. Course materials outline conflicting choices that are not easily resolved and require thinking about what most drives business success. Students are often required to “vote” before learning the outcomes.


Michael E. Marks currently manages a private equity fund called Riverwood Capital, LLC which invests in rapidly growing private companies in North America and in emerging markets. It was formed March 1, 2007.

Prior to establishing Riverwood, he was a Partner and Senior Advisor at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in 2006 and 2007. And before KKR, he spent 13 years as CEO of Flextronics International Ltd. and built the company into one of the largest technology companies in the world. He was also Chairman of Flextronics from 2006 to 2007. As its CEO, Michael led Flextronics as it increased annualized revenues from approximately $93 million to approximately $16 billion, while establishing operations in over 35 countries and integrating over 100 acquisitions. As Chairman, he helped Flextronics grow to annualized revenues of $36 billion. Electronic Business Magazine named Michael one of the Top Ten Most Influential Executives in Silicon Valley History and CEO of the Year for 2003.

Michael earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA and MA from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He is a director of SanDisk Corporation (Chairman), Schlumberger Limited, The V Foundation for Cancer Research (non-profit), iFly, GoPro, Globant, Quirky, Liquid Robotics, Aptina Imaging and The Julliard School.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Harvard Business School, 1977
  • MA, Oberlin College
  • BA, Oberlin College

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2007

Professional Experience

  • Senior Advisor, Kohlbert Kravis Roberts & Co., 2007-present
  • Chairman of the Board, Flextronics, 2005-present
  • Member, Kohlbert Kravis Roberts & Co., 2006-2007
  • CEO, Flextronics, 1993-2005


Degree Courses


This course addresses how the increasingly large number of firms that use or provide outsourcing and "offshoring" can create a sustainable competitive advantage. Students who complete the course will have a framework and a set of concepts that...

Stanford Case Studies

GoPro: Brand Extension | SM271
Michael Marks, Jackie Foroughi2017
Profitability of On-Demand Food Delivery Businesses | SM270
Michael Marks, Jackie Foroughi2017
PCH International (B) Supply Chain Solutions Take Off | GS61B
David Hoyt, Hau Lee, Michael Marks2013
Quirky A Business Based on Making Invention Accessible | GS84
Michael Marks, David Hoyt2013
Note on IPO Share Allocation | E377
Mark Leslie, Claire Magat, Michael Marks2010