Michael Geczi is a freelance writer and consultant who brings unmatched communications experience to each and every assignment.
He is a former Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek writer/editor; Wall Street executive; best-selling author; communications/crisis consultant and university instructor (University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism).
In June 2019, he retired from full-time employment after serving for five years as Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Cast & Crew Entertainment Services in Burbank. That formally concluded a multiple-decades career where he was fortunate to work at the highest levels of communications: media, corporate communications and external consulting.
Mike’s journalism career spanned 16 years, with editorial positions at The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Dallas Morning News, the Associated Press and The Financial Times of Canada. He also is the author of “Futures: The Anti-Inflation Investment,” published by Avon Books.
From January 2007 and May 2013, Mike was a managing director in the FTI Consulting Strategic Communications practice and was based in Chicago.
Earlier, Mike was a Senior Vice President and Director at APCO Worldwide, based in New York, and served as the Hong Kong-based President of Asia-Pacific Financial Communications for Edelman (after previously serving for a year as an Executive Vice President, based in Los Angeles, in the firm’s U.S. Financial Practice). Previously, he was a member of the firm at Sitrick And Company (splitting his time between Los Angeles and Moscow), was President of Gavin Anderson & Company, New York, and Senior Managing Director of the corporate and financial practice group at Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart, New York.
Mike has advised on dozens of bankruptcy/restructuring assignments, more than 70 merger-and-acquisition transactions and in excess of 30 capital-raising activities (including IPOs). His experience in crisis communications includes litigation support; Board-level counsel; management changes; accounting irregularities, and environmental and public affairs issues.
Some of the more noteworthy (and public) assignments Mike worked on include:
- providing litigation communications counsel to Transocean following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig
- restructuring communications counsel in the Chapter 11 filing by Sea Island Company and its subsequent 363 sale to a group of private equity investors
- restructuring communications counsel in the Chapter 11 filing by Tropicana Entertainment
Earlier in his career, he spent extensive time in Moscow in connection with the Bank of New York/Yukos Oil money-laundering issue.
Mike’s in-house experience includes positions as Vice President, Media Relations for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and as Director of Corporate Communications for Midlantic National Bank of New Jersey.