Dave has participated on or led global account teams for major FleishmanHillard clients in industries ranging from telecommunications, biotechnology and information technology to food, healthcare and automotive. He has broad experience in corporate and crisis communications, along with consumer marketing, international, public affairs and environmental programs. Over the years, his account teams have won numerous industry awards for program excellence.
In his role as CEO, Dave is transforming the agency to respond to major trends such as the convergence of social media with traditional communication channels; the need to integrate communications across paid, earned, shared and owned media; and the growing globalization of client communications needs. His first initiative was to “switch on” the agency by fully infusing social media into the agency’s approach to communications, and today, FleishmanHillard is widely heralded for its leadership in this growing field.
In June 2011, Dave served as jury president of the PR program judging of the Cannes Festival of Creativity, chairing a panel of 16 judges from 14 countries, reviewing 819 entries from around the world. That same year, he was inducted in the PRNews Hall of Fame.
Dave and his wife, Marie, have three daughters whose ages range from 19 to 26. In his leisure time, he enjoys travel with his family, reading, writing, competitive swimming, bicycling and snow skiing.