President & CEO
Wolf Group Asia
David has over two decades of experience both operating businesses and advising clients in China and Asia.
David’s advisory work focuses on helping companies and agencies use communications to address and overcome strategic challenges, undergo transitions, and capture singular opportunities. David’s client base is made up of both multinational corporations and companies that are early in the process of going global. Most recently, David and WGA have begun to advise Chinese companies with international ambitions.
In addition, David is regularly called upon to speak to groups about how China is changing business, media, and technology, and by regional and global media as a commentator on a range of China-related topics. He is a regular contributor on China business issues to publications like Media magazine, AdAge, Warc, and AdAge China, serves as an editorial advisor for China Economic Quarterly, and is on the advisory board of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business at Indiana University in the United States. David has recently been appointed to the Catalyst Group at WATATAWA, a global communications consulting and strategic investment partnership based in Singapore.
Before starting WGA in 2005, David led Burson-Marsteller‘s Asia-Pacific Technology Practice, B-M’s largest practice area in the region and leading a team of nearly 50 professionals in offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney. David took the Asia-Pacific post after having founded B-M’s Technology Practice in China in 2000, growing it into China’s largest technology, media, and telecommunications public relations organization and winning a dozen major industry awards for client work.
Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, David was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Claydon Gescher Associates (CGA), a boutique strategy and public affairs consultancy based in Beijing with a focus on media, entertainment, and telecommunications. He was responsible for daily operations and long-term growth planning. Clients served include Intel, HBO Asia, Reuters, DeBeers/Stockdale, PanAmSat, Turner International, and Irdeto Access.
David’s position prior to CGA was Managing Director in China for TV Shopping Network Ltd. of Australia. Originally hired as a consultant to design a market entry strategy and operations plan, the company appointed David soon after to undertake the effort. Within 90 days of plan approval David had launched the 24-hour satellite service in China, with cable-TV affiliates, a telephone center, and the necessary payment and delivery infrastructure to deliver orders within 72 hours to any major city in China. By the time of his departure from TVSN, David had arranged distribution to11 million cable TV homes in 12 provinces, built a state-of-the-art fulfillment facility in Guangdong with a call center, warehouse, and 60 full-time staff processing thousands of orders each week. TVSN China is now a part of Barry Diller’s InterActive Corporation (IAC.)
David has lived in China since 1995 and currently resides in Beijing with his family. David holds a Masters degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor’s degree inInternational Relations from the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish. He blogs at Silicon Hutong, recently recognized by Advertising Age as one of the must-read blogs on China, and at The Peking Review.