Over the past two decades, David has successfully completed more than 30 hi-tech M&A transactions and has led countless other strategic evaluations as both a corporate buyer and seller. He has a proven track record in general management, corporate finance, strategy, and business development. Most notably, David was the lead M&A executive on three $1.5B+ enterprise software transactions and has led M&A processes from strategic planning through integration.
David's firm, Bishop Peak Advisors, provides outsourced corporate development and buy-side M&A advisory services to both emerging and established software and advanced technology companies.
Prior to founding Bishop Peak Advisors in 2014, David was the vice president of business development at Workday, a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise software, where he oversaw Workday's global partner ecosystem and corporate development activities. Before joining Workday, David was the senior vice president of corporate development at Activant Solutions, Inc., which he helped merge and integrate into Epicor Software in 2011. Earlier in his career, David was chief financial officer for Valchemy, Inc. (sold to IBM in 2006); vice president of corporate development at PeopleSoft (where he led its 2003 acquisition of JD Edwards); and vice president of finance and corporate development for OnDisplay, Inc. (which was acquired by Vignette in 2000). He has also held senior business development and finance roles at GE Information Services (subsequently renamed GXS and acquired by OpenText) and National Semiconductor.
David holds an MBA with honors from Georgetown University. He earned undergraduate degrees in political science and agricultural managerial economics from the University of California, Davis. David also created and taught an MBA-level class entitled Technology M&A for UC Davis's Graduate School of Management (GSM) from 2006-2012 and continues to work closely with the GSM as a mentor and advisor to local entrepreneurs.