Michelle Peluso

Venture Partner

There’s no better feeling than being part of a winning team where you learn, grow, stay hungry, and always build for a better tomorrow.

Background
Michelle has been an entrepreneur, a corporate leader, and has worked with TCV over the years as a Venture Partner and Executive Advisor. In 1999, she started her first company, Site59, with friends in the heart of New York City and later sold it to Travelocity. She became CEO of Travelocity and traveled the world with the Roaming Gnome. Michelle has also served as Global Consumer Chief Marketing and Digital Officer for Citigroup and CEO of Gilt, where she truly learned the art of fashion.

Michelle is currently Senior Vice President of Digital Sales and Chief Marketing Officer of IBM, where she oversees all global marketing and brand initiatives, client experience, and runs the digital sales and commercial channel for the IBM company. Directly responsible for billions of revenue and accountable for demand generation for the company, her team includes thousands of marketing professionals and digital sellers located in over 100 countries worldwide. Michelle brings to IBM deep, customer-centric marketing and operating and leadership experience as IBM accelerates its transformation to an AI & Cloud platform company.

Michelle was previously a White House Fellow and Senior Advisor to Labor Secretary Alexis Herman and worked as a case leader for The Boston Consulting Group in New York and London. She serves on the Board of Directors for NIKE, Inc. and nonprofit TechnoServe.

As a long devoted friend to TCV, Michelle enjoys working with TCV companies and leaders as they build great businesses. She loves the unique passion TCV has for finding and investing long-term behind great teams.

Interests
Michelle has traveled and lived in more than 40 countries, salsa danced in Cuba, tailhooked on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean as a White House Fellow, served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Labor, and was once temporarily stranded on a deserted island off Pisa with a group of girlfriends. And yet all that somehow pales to the adventures she and her husband have every day raising their two curious, funny and high energy children in Tribeca.

Education
Michelle received her M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Pembroke College, Oxford University, and graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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