Former Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, Merrill Lynch & Co., Independent Director, Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
Rye, NY

CostaMichael R. Costa has 25 years of investment banking experience, most recently as Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Cowen and Company and prior to that as Managing Director, Global Markets and Investment Banking, Merrill Lynch & Co. He served as a financial advisor to numerous corporations/boards of directors in the technology, media and telecommunications industries in connection with mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings, advising on transactions totaling in excess of $30 billion. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 1989, he was a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York.

For the last seven years he has served as a director of publicly traded Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., a lifestyle media company which owns HGTV, Food Network and The Travel Channel as well as UKTV in the United Kingdom and TVN in Poland, among other international media properties. He is a member of the audit and compensation committees there.

He is also a trustee of Dean College, a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Investment Subcommittee overseeing the college’s endowment. Dean is a 1,000 student educational institution offering AA and BA degrees and is focused on providing transformational learning opportunities for its students.

He earned his BA from Colgate University and his JD Harvard Law School.