Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Equilar
“As an immigrant myself, I saw how our family struggled and recognize that other people do too. Our generation finds itself in more white-collar jobs than our predecessors, and is in a better position to give. As we’ve grown into our professions, we’ve been able to raise ourselves up, so there’s more of an inclination to help others here, to share what we’ve earned.”
David has led Equilar from a start-up in 2000 to one of the most respected and trusted names in the executive compensation industry. David often speaks publicly on issues facing the executive compensation industry. Prior to founding Equilar, David was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, a global investment bank that has since merged with Credit Suisse. Prior to DLJ, David was a management consultant with Bain & Company, a leading strategy consulting firm, and Kenan Systems, a telecom billing software developer that was subsequently acquired by Lucent Technologies in 1999.
David is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a Charter Member of the Asian-American Multi-Technology Association (AAMA), a co-founder of the Korean American Society of Entrepreneurs (KASE), and an advisory board member of The Jackson Hole Group.
Born in Korea, David came to the U.S. as an infant and spent most of his formative years in New Jersey. David earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.