David is an advisor on CEO and director recruitment, CEO succession planning and transitions, board effectiveness and other key governance and senior leadership issues facing boards and CEOs. He has served clients across industries and draws on more than 35 years of experience leading global businesses and brands.
David currently serves as the chairman of Spencer Stuart and the firm’s board of directors. He was formerly the CEO of Spencer Stuart and, during his 11-year tenure, expanded the firm’s global footprint, strengthened its position in board and CEO search, and developed new services and capabilities, including CEO succession planning, senior-level executive assessment and board effectiveness.
Prior to his time at Spencer Stuart, David spent 15 years shaping some of the world’s leading brands. He served as president and CEO of Simint USA, the American division of Armani Jeans, as well as president of Louis Vuitton, North America, and CEO of Evian Waters of France (U.S.). He has also served on the advisory boards of the Yale School of Management, the Yale Center for Customer Insights, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Connecticut.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, as well as a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.