Dave Darsch

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Dave is the founder of the pan-European CEO Collaborative Forum (CEO-CF). CEO-CF is an exclusive consortium of high-performing CEO peer groups from high growth companies across the EU. It provides expert help, peer group collaboration, and coaching for CEOs with pan-European, trans-Atlantic, and trans-Asian market strategies. Current membership, including our alumni comprises over 200 CEOs from over 30 different nationalities and cultures, whose total employment approximates 6,500 families throughout the world.  Membership in the Forum is by invitation only.

In additional to his role at CEO-CF, Dave as a strategic business advisor has more than 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur and managing executive of technology companies. With a strong trans-Atlantic and pan-European focus, Dave has active clients in both the US and Europe. He mentors entrepreneurs and helps them develop business plans that accelerate revenue growth and/or external infusion of capital. Dave has been involved in more than 20 transactions involving the purchase, sale, merger, or infusion of capital into companies.

Dave founded and served as CEO of a privately held software development company in the Washington, D.C., area until the company was acquired by a systems integrator in 1996. During his tenure, the company was recognized as one of the Inc. 500 fastest growing US companies.

As a guest lecturer at the MBA level, Dave has provided instruction at many European universities, including INSEAD University in Fontainebleau, France, London School of Business, England, ESADE University and IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and the University of Chicago, USA. He has also presented at the Europe’s 500 Conference and taught courses on entrepreneurship for the European Commission, BBVA, and Terra Lycos in Spain.

Darsch serves on the board or as advisor of Shazam, GBSX, a publically traded US/German IT company, Active Capital Partners (VC fund in Spain), Pathena (VC fund in Portugal), the College of Doctors in Barcelona, Firma Professional (digital validation) in Spain, and Parametric Dining in the USA.

He is married with three beautiful children ages 28, 23 and 21, and 4 year old grandson.