Alan Cole-Ford, Director and Chief Operating Officer
Alan Cole-Ford is a corporate executive with a distinguished career in the fields of media, technology, and finance.
He served as Executive Vice-President of MGM/United Artists Inc. and was an integral part of the management team responsible for the turnaround and successful sale of the studio on behalf of its owner, Credit Lyonnais. Previously, he had held series of senior staff and operating posts for over a decade with Paramount Pictures Corp. including Senior Vice-President of its Entertainment and Television Groups and later as Senior Vice President of its parent company, Gulf + Western until its successful sale to Viacom.
Following his Hollywood Studio tenure, he served for two years as CEO of NVST Inc., a Seattle-based private equity research firm and Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson affiliate, and in 2005 became a senior partner with Hong Kong-based Stone Drum Capital. He has played a key role in the development of eChinaCash Inc., a Beijing-based marketing services company which is partnered with Sinopec, China’s largest oil&gas retailer and the country’s largest SOE (state-owned-enterprise). Since 2008 Cole-Ford has served as eCC’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of its Board of Directors.
He is also a Board Director of Mei Ah Entertainment Group, a publicly-traded Hong Kong-based media conglomerate with film production, theater, and content distribution holdings across China and other Asian markets.
Over the past decade, he has also served as an advisor to a diverse list of International companies, including:
- Hachette Publishing (Paris)
- VNU/Nielsen (Netherlands)
- Leavesden Studios (London)
- Banque Financiere De La Cite (Geneva)
- DKH Holdings (Kuala Lumpur)
- CMG Worldwide (Los Angeles)
- Second City Entertainment (Chicago)
His commentaries on media, technology, and finance have appeared in Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, Daily Variety, Newsweek, and on ABC’s ‘Nightline’ among others.