David W. Heard
David is a proven leader of high-growth public and venture-backed technology companies, driving results in dynamic markets for over two decades. He’s an experienced CEO, growth driver and turnaround expert, executive team member, board member, and consulting advisor. He’s known for driving transformational change, particularly at organizations with unrealized opportunity or underperforming assets.
In addition to being a founding partner of the TAP Growth Group, he is currently the Chairman and acting CEO of the Telecommunications Industry Association.
He most recently was president of Network and Service Enablement (NSE) at JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU), leading the strategy to unleash shareholder value by splitting the firm into two publicly traded companies, Viavi Solutions and Lumentum. In his five years at JDSU, new product revenue increased to over 60 percent, and gross profits by 1,200 basis points. He led a global team of more than 2,500 employees serving 4,300 customers in the areas of big data software, applications performance management, and advanced networking solutions. He also grew JDSU participation in mobility and big data markets, executed five strategic acquisitions and drove customer satisfaction and employee engagement to record performance—establishing new industry benchmarks.
Prior to JDSU, David held CEO and executive-level positions in the technology industry. He was instrumental in the rollout of HDTV, in taking BigBand Networks public and leading the growth of mobility and broadband businesses with AT&T and Lucent Technologies. He also led software and policy management with Tekelec, VOIP growth in fixed and mobile communications at Santera Systems, and the successful creation and spin-off of Spatial Networks (sold to Alcatel-Lucent), where he was a founding board member. He was CEO of Somera, a provider of asset management and professional services for the data, telecom, and wireless markets. These assignments included expatriate posts in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom with extensive travel to India, Korea, Japan, and Europe.
David holds an MS degree in Management from Stanford University, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He also holds an MBA from the University of Dayton, and a BS in Production and Operations Management from Ohio State University. He received the Alumni Entrepreneurship Award in 2010 from OSU. He currently sits on the boards of Milestone Sports (wearable loyalty platform), Zyvex Performance Materials (nano-materials), NWave (IoT company), and is the Chairman of Motion Intelligence (distracted driving).
David lives in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife and three kids. When he’s not working he can be found coaching his kid’s sports teams, amid an intense workout, golfing, running, or catching big air on his wakeboard.