David is the COO & CFO of Impossible Foods, a Khosla, Horizons, and Bill Gates-backed company developing a new generation of delicious and sustainable meats and cheeses made entirely from plants. Its mission is to give people the enjoyment of food that comes from animals without the health and environmental drawbacks. He has led the business functions to transform Impossible from prerevenue to hyper-growth, with global sales and a complete commercial manufacturing and supply chain capability. He successfully raised over $300 million debt and equity to fund commercialization.
Previously as CFO of Zynga ($2.3 billion public company, Ticker ZNGA), David was responsible for leading the company’s finance and corporate development teams. David helped lead ZNGA from being majority web-based to mobile (in Q3 of 2015 69% of the business was mobile versus 36% when he started), driving mobile topline growth over 80% in one year (2014 vs. 2013). David delivered several quarters exceeding topline and bottomline guidance and delivered the first quarter of positive net income since 2013.
Prior to Zynga, David led corporate finance for Best Buy during its turnaround in 2013, and previously led the take-private transaction of Del Monte Foods to KKR for $5.5 billion, resulting in over 40% return to shareholders. His prior experience includes leading the $2 billion-topline set of brands at Del Monte Foods as SVP of Consumer Products, PG&E’s turnaround during the California Energy Crisis, strategy consulting at McKinsey, venture capital investing, and advertising at the Leo Burnett Company, preparing him to take on his new role at Impossible Foods. Prior to Zynga, David served as the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Finance for Best Buy, where he was responsible for leading the company’s corporate strategy, financial planning and analysis and treasury teams. During his tenure, Best Buy was one of the top five fastest rising equities on the S&P 500.
Before joining Best Buy, David spent more than eight years at Del Monte Foods, where he held several leadership positions across finance and general management including Senior Vice President of Strategy overseeing corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, transformation and corporate a airs; Senior Vice President of Consumer Products; Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development; Vice President of Finance for Consumer Products; and Vice President of Sales FP&A. During this time, Del Monte Foods rapidly transformed and ultimately delivered significant shareholder value to its public investors in the sale of the company to private equity. Before Del Monte Foods, David served as the Director of Strategic Planning at PG&E Corporation for three years, where he helped lead the company’s successful corporate restructuring and turnaround out of Chapter 11.
He also spent time creating and implementing consumer growth plans at the Leo Burnett Company, McKinsey & Company, Enterprise Venture Capital and Pacific Venture Capital.
David is on the Board of the Council of Korean Americans (CKA), based in Washington, D.C. and a Fellow of the Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL), an organization sponsored by the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Social Work. David received his MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Harvard College. He resides in San Mateo, California, with his wife and two daughters.
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