MICHAEL E. S. FRANKEL is a seasoned finance and business development executive with extensive experience in M&As, complex finance transactions, corporate strategy, and business development transactions. He has led more than 100 transactions and has worked on hundreds more. He served as vice president of business development at GE Consumer Finance- Americas. Previously, he was vice president of corporate development at VeriSign, Inc. While at VeriSign, he led a development team that was responsible for substantially increasing VeriSign's net income over a two-year period (closing over two dozen acquisitions and equity investments). Prior to joining VeriSign, Frankel was a vice president with Merrill Lynch's global industries investment banking group, where he advised transportation, logistics, and large industrial clients on M&As' complex equity and debt offerings, as well as initial public offerings. His clients included General Motors, Rollins Truck Leasing, Cendant, and UPS.