David Finke


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David Finke
David Finke




Palo Alto

David Finke

David Finke leads the firm's Global Technology Sector and is a founder of its Digital Transformation Practice. David conducts leadership and succession assignments at the board, CEO, and senior executive level for public and private equity-backed mobile, semiconductor, and enterprise technology companies. He focuses on addressing the challenges and opportunities brought about by the rise of connected mobile devices and the accompanying blurring of the lines between traditional industry segments. Additionally, he is known for leading many of the top operations and supply chain assignments in the Technology industry. His recent assignments include the CEO and a non-executive director for a publicly-traded semiconductor company, the Head of Global Connected Vehicle and Chief Infotainment Officer for a top global automotive manufacturer, and the top Supply Chain Officer for a leading global smart phone company.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, David served as a senior executive in three venture-backed start-ups: Instill Corporation, an on-demand data and analytics provider; Closedloop Solutions, an enterprise software-as-a-service company; and XUMA, a systems integration and Web hosting venture. Previously, he led new product introduction and business process re-engineering efforts at Silicon Valley icon SGI. David began his career in Japan with Sony Corporation, where he gained a strong foundation in electronics and supply chain management.

Additional Professional Activities

David is a member of the Board of Trustees of Leadership Public Schools (LPS),a not-for-profit network of public charter high schools that serves ethnically and economically diverse student bodies located in or near low-income urban neighborhoods.


David received his B.A., summa cum laude, in East Asian studies from Yale University and his M.B.A., with high distinction, from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in English and Japanese.



Internet of Things, Technology, Business and Professional Services, Hardware and Electronics, Operations & Supply Chain Officers, Digital Leadership, Board Directors and Chief Executive Officers, Board & CEO Advisory Partners, Digital, Executive Search

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