The Team

Through our Partners’ collective one hundred-plus years of experience in retained executive search, we have developed an unparalleled network and built a reputation for discovering and recruiting exceptional candidates. We specialize in board, officer, and executive-level searches for venture-backed start-ups from seed-stage to pre-IPO, as well as small- to mid-cap public companies in the technology, energy, and life sciences sectors. As a boutique, we are strategically positioned between the sole practitioner and the large, multi-national search firm. We have the expertise and resources to satisfy the most challenging client requirements, and the focus and agility to drive projects to closure quickly.

David L. Powell, Jr




David Powell, Jr. joined DPI in 1990. He has led successful Board, CEO, and officer-level searches in marketing, sales, engineering, operations, information technology, and finance. Dave has been a leader in establishing the firm’s outstanding reputation in the client and candidate communities over the past three decades.

Dave has led successful searches for a broad array of clients such as GoPro, Juniper Networks, Inc., Micron Technology, Inc., and Lam Research Corp.; as well as the key portfolio companies of Oak Investment Partners, Canaan Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Hummer Winblad, and North Bridge Venture Partners, to name a few.

Prior to joining DPI, Dave worked in Southern California for Ingram Micro, a multi-billion dollar international distributor of computer hardware, software, and peripherals in account management and channel marketing, including direct support of Claris, a then-subsidiary of Apple Computer.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dave received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with emphasis on International Business and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dave, his wife, and three children live in Alamo. He enjoys cooking, music, skiing, fly-fishing, and other outdoor activities.

Our people

Jean Bagileo


Managing Partner


Jean Bagileo joined the executive search practice of David Powell, Inc. in 1979 and has been instrumental in the development and growth of the DPI brand in Silicon Valley and beyond. Initially responsible for the research function, Jean began her recruiting experience in the mid 80’s serving high technology, venture capital funded early-stage companies in a variety of sectors, primarily focused on the emerging software segment. In the following decade, Jean spent a significant period helping to develop management teams in life sciences, as the biotechnology market sky rocketed. In the late 90’s, as the motion picture industry and Internet technologies converged, Jean developed a client base which included LucasFilm, Sony Corp., Columbia Pictures, and Warner Brothers Entertainment. As enterprise and consumer software began to emerge as key technology winners, she developed a significant practice in this arena with companies such as Chordiant, Everdream, Intacct, Nuance, RMS, and LogLogic. In the last ten years, Jean’s focus has primarily been on Internet technologies, including ecommerce, advertising, mobile applications, and digital content. Clients have included Glam Media, Tapjoy, ValueClick, Blurb, and Mobile Messenger.

Jean earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Santa Clara University. She joined DPI one year after completing her Master’s degree.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jean and her husband live in Woodside. She enjoys travel, fashion, art and entertainment, and physical fitness.

David L. Powell, Sr




David Powell, Sr. founded David Powell, Inc. (DPI) in 1976 to provide executive search to the emerging high technology sector. He is recognized throughout Silicon Valley and beyond for his work on Board, CEO, and officer-level searches in all areas and aspects of technology.

After graduation from St. Lawrence University and four years as a Marine Corps infantry officer, Dave earned his Silicon Valley stripes at Fairchild Semiconductor in the late sixties, then National Semiconductor in the early seventies, followed by a well-funded start-up attempt. Exposure to the needs of the venture capital community in the mid-seventies stimulated his thinking that eventually created the services of DPI.

Dave has successfully completed key assignments for Genentech (NYSE: DNA), Abbott Labs (NYSE: ABT), Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD), Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC), Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq: PMCS), and Network Appliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP); as well as the portfolio companies of dozens of leading venture firms including Battery Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Sequoia Capital, U.S. Venture Partners, and VantagePoint Venture Partners. In the mid-nineties, Dave was honored as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Silicon Valley.

In addition to his advisory role as a limited partner with several venture funds, Dave has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and The Haas School at the University of California at Berkeley on the subject of building the early stage team.

Dave and his wife live in Woodside. He enjoys fly fishing, golf, gardening, and his grandchildren.

William Wraith III


Partner Emeritus


Bill Wraith joined David Powell, Inc. (DPI) in 1978 and has played a major role in establishing DPI as a top-tier executive search firm. He has led successful Board, CEO, and senior officer-level searches for high technology, health care, construction, power generation, petroleum, mining, chemical, and environmental clients.

Bill has successfully completed assignments for Bechtel Corporation, Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM), Rio Tinto Group (NYSE: RTP), Homestake Mining Company, Great Plains Gasification Consortium, and Tenneco Corporation.

Prior to joining DPI, Bill was a senior executive with Marcona Corporation, an international mining and ocean transportation firm. Previously, he spent eight years with The Anaconda Company, an integrated producer and fabricator of copper, aluminum, and uranium.

Bill obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees in Minerals Engineering and a MBA from Stanford University.

In 1988, Bill received a Resolution from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, honoring his civic contributions; and numerous awards from Stanford University, including the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1988, Special Award for Dedication to Stanford University Medical Center in 1992, and the Gold Spike in 1993, Stanford’s highest award for fundraising. He belongs to the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME).


Throughout our history, DPI has been instrumental in the growth and success of some of the most respected and enduring technology companies in Silicon Valley and beyond, from the start-up portfolios of blue ribbon venture capital firms to the Fortune 500.

Venture Capital

Leading Bay Area Investment firm

Benchmark is an early stage venture capital firm focused on social, mobile, local and cloud companies. We believe that great entrepreneurs change the world for the better. Since its founding in 1995, Benchmark has invested in more than 250 early stage start-ups with a market value exceeding $100 billion. Investments have included eBay, Juniper Networks, MySQL, OpenTable, Yelp, Inc., Zillow, Friendster, JAMDAT, Instagram, Hortonworks, Dropbox, Uber, Twitter, Zipcar, Asana, Quora, Gaikai, Demandforce, and DOMO. Benchmark has offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, California.

Partners for and with entrepreneurs

As founders, operators, and investors, we strive to be the best partners for entrepreneurs building disruptive consumer and enterprise software companies. We create partnerships with tech entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of creation and support them as their companies grow and evolve.

Helping build truly great companies

Our partners have had more than 200 years of experience as investors, entrepreneurs, and executives. A number of us have founded and/or run companies that went on to initial public offerings or successful acquisitions. Others have served as senior executives in the high-growth phases of corporations including eBay, PayPal, Intel, and 3Com.

Investing in relationships for 43 years

Mayfield Fund is a global venture capital firm with $3 billion under management and a history of investing in relationships.

NEA is the entrepreneur’s venture capital firm

Whether you are seeking investment to get your idea off the ground or looking to propel a proven idea toward greatness, NEA is the venture partner who will be there-because we’ve been there   –   every step of the way.

Multi-stage venture capital firm

As a multi-stage venture capital firm, Oak focuses on high-growth opportunities in the Information Technology, Internet and Consumer, Financial Services Technology, Healthcare Services, and Clean Energy sectors.

Private Companies

Bromium redefines endpoint protection

Bromium is a venture capital–backed startup based in Cupertino, California, that works with virtualization technology. Bromium focuses on virtual hardware to eliminate everyday computer threats like viruses, malware, and adware..

Measurement and Control Technology

Development and manufacture of measuring devices and numerical controls, we create the groundwork for the automation of tomorrow’s plants and production machines.

Development of quantum dot technology

Nanosys is a nanotechnology company located in Milpitas, California, founded in 2001. Nanosys designs products for LCD displays based on quantum dots.

Developer of 802.11ac and 802.11n semiconductor solutions

Quantenna’s technology is targeted at devices such as wireless set-top boxes, residential gateways video bridges, and other devices that deliver highly reliable broadband.

Leading Catastrophe Risk Modeling Company

From earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods to terrorism and infectious diseases, RMS helps financial institutions and public agencies understand, quantify, and manage risk.

Seal tells you where all your contracts are

Seal gives you clear vision into your contractual relationships, risks, obligations and opportunities, so you know immediately how those changes affect your organization.

Public Companies

Ultra HD video compression and image processing products

Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA) is a leading developer of low-power, high-definition (HD) and Ultra HD video compression and image processing solutions.

Leader of advanced micro-acoustic solutions

Audience is the leader in Advanced Voice and a pioneer in Multisensory processing and natural user experience technology for consumer devices.

Leading cloud contact center software solution

Offering the leading cloud contact center software solution, Five9 brings the power of the cloud to thousands of call centers worldwide!

Makes the world’s most versatile cameras

GoPro enables people to capture immersive and engaging photo and video content during their favorite activities. GoPro’s HERO lines of wearable and gear mountable cameras are used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world.

Offers high-performance network solutions

We create innovative technologies that help our customers connect their ideas, compete, and thrive in an ever-changing world.

Reliable Business Communications

ShoreTel makes VoIP communications brilliantly simple, phones, delivery platforms, call handling, apps & superb customer service. Nobody does it better.

The Search Process

The DPI methodology has been developed and constantly improved over the course of our three decades in the search business. We create a specialized team for each assignment consisting of a Managing Partner to lead the project, Partner-level recruiters with relevant domain experience, and an Administrative Assistant specifically dedicated to managing the day-to-day administration of the search. All client and initial candidate contact is made by Partners. We do not rely on a back room of “researchers” to develop candidates, as many firms do. The benefit of this approach to the client is a focused, collaborative, informed, and accessible team. Throughout the search, we maintain a regular dialogue with our clients and candidates to ensure that the project moves steadily toward a successful conclusion.

The phases of our process – each of which are critical to the overall success of the project – are defined below. Most importantly, we can easily customize this process to fit the specific needs and style of our clients.

Discovery Phase

  • Meet and interview the selection team to understand our client’s business and culture. Establish and prioritize key selection criteria and develop a detailed position description
  • Choose strategic research targets and identify top management in the appropriate functional areas
  • Source our proprietary database and strategic industry contacts for additional prospects
  • Review and calibrate results of research with the client

Development Phase

  • Contact, qualify, and screen prospects
  • Conduct face-to-face interviews and informal reference checks on the best prospects
  • Regularly update client on candidate status and market intelligence findings
  • Submit background summaries and analysis on the most qualified candidates
  • Orchestrate scheduling of first-round client interviews

Decision Phase

  • Client selection of “short-list” candidates for subsequent interviews
  • Collectively assess relative strengths and “fit” of each candidate to narrow the field
  • Conduct comprehensive formal reference checks on finalists, including names not provided by candidates when appropriate
  • Collaborate with client on the design of a competitive compensation package and work together to close the deal

Successful Searches

To view a sample list of completed searches listed alphabetically click here, or use the categories below to view searches according to industry or function.

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  • The Search Process

    The DPI methodology has been developed and constantly improved over the course of our three decades in the search business. We create a specialized team for each assignment consisting of a Managing Partner to lead the project, Partner-level recruiters with relevant domain experience, and an Administrative Assistant specifically dedicated to managing the day-to-day administration of the search.
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