Michael Lohnert, as investing director for Boeing HorizonX Ventures, identifies and invests in startups from around the world that are developing revolutionary concepts and business models.
Prior to his current role, Lohnert was a senior strategist for The Boeing Company, responsible for emerging business opportunities, corporate strategy, and mergers and acquisitions and partnerships. He was also program manager and instructor for the Boeing enterprise strategy training course. Outside Boeing, Lohnert is on the board of directors of Pasadena Angels, ranked by Forbes as a top 10 angel investor group, as well as the boards of a financial services firm and a clean-tech startup.
Prior to Boeing, Lohnert was director of energy investments for Montauk Energy Capital, a private equity group, where he invested in the alternative energy, natural gas, and electrical generation sectors, as well as led turnarounds of portfolio investments. He was also involved in the acquisition of several operating companies that bolstered the group’s ability to maximize the returns of its portfolio. Lohnert has held strategy and mergers and acquisitions responsibilities for Ashland’s specialty chemicals division and, while living in Zürich, the Credit Suisse Group. He has also worked on the Mellon Bank (BNY Mellon) foreign currency trading desk and for the Duquesne Power and Light treasury group.
Lohnert received his Master of Business Administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, where he concentrated in investment management and strategy. His bachelor’s degree is also from Ohio State, with dual majors in finance and real estate finance. Lohnert has also completed programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the University of Zürich Swiss Banking Institute, and University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.