Michael Geczi has worked for more than 35 years in various elements of the communications business: writer/editor; author; communications/crisis consultant and teacher/instructor.
He currently is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
He also maintains a private practice in which he provides issues-management, strategic-communications and editorial services to corporations and private organizations.
Mr. Geczi 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 Mr. Geczi recently 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, and merger-and-acquisition communications counsel to Kinetic Concepts in its sale to a private equity group. Earlier in his career, he spent extensive time in Moscow in connection with the Bank of New York/Yukos Oil money–laundering issue.
From January 2007 and May 2013, Mr. Geczi was a managing director in the FTI Consulting Strategic Communications practice and was based in Chicago.
Earlier, Mr. Geczi 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. Mr. Geczi’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.
Earlier, Mr. Geczi was a journalist. His 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. Mr. Geczi also is author of “Futures: The Anti-Inflation Investment,” published by Avon Books.