David Thurston | Stewart Leadership

David Thurston

Director, Business Development & Executive Consultant

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David Thurston is a trusted advisor to senior executives and works with leaders and organizations creating solutions to refine strategy, develop talent, drive change and reach new levels of performance.

Over the course of David’s 35-year career, he has held a broad variety of leadership positions at global organizations such as the Barth-Haas Group, Cargill, and McDonald’s, ranging from general management and sales leadership to joint venture oversight, post-acquisition integration and continent-wide change leadership.

He has led teams, functions and entire organizations, including fledgling start ups to market category leaders. His international experience includes roles in the US and Latin America and responsibility for European and Asian markets.

David’s approach is highly collaborative and client centric. He is guided by personal values that set the foundation for curious pursuit of the challenges and opportunities at hand, followed by a strategy and plan to get after it, customizing Stewart tools, frameworks and resources to deliver results.

David holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Denver. He is a member of Business Executives for National Security.

David lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Keiko. They have two children and recently welcomed their first grandchild into the world.

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