Michael Leeds served as Chairperson of the Leeds School of Business Advisory Board from 2002 to 2007. In 2001, he led his family’s endowment of the University of Colorado’s then College of Business' efforts to increase academic excellence, expand its curriculum to include Ethics and Social Responsiblity as part of the core-curriculum, and to increase diversity. Leeds is the president and founder of FlightStar, Inc., a Long Island (NY) aircraft management firm.
Until 1999 Michael was president and CEO of CMP Media, Inc., one of the leading media companies focused on technology, computers and the Internet. CMP was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Mike led the company from 1988 through 1999 including taking the company public and reaching nearly $500 million in sales. Since the company was sold for nearly a billion dollars in 1999, Michael has pursued business interests and focused intensively on philanthropic activities. He earned his BS in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1974. In partnership with Dr. Donna Sockell, Michael developed and taught the Leeds School course: Leadership and Ethics—Challenges in Moral Courage. Every year Mike addresses each section of the Business School’s World of business. Leeds is a trustee emeritus of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital System, one of the largest healthcare systems in the world; Among his other activities Michael flies a corporate jet and teaches skiing at Beaver Creek.