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Professional and Executive Search

We combine proven techniques and old-school discipline with contemporary tools and the agility demanded by today's leading companies.  The result is an efficient, comprehensive search process that yields timely solutions and provides a positive, professional experience for our clients and candidates.


Through decades 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 and enterprise-class companies in the technology, energy, and life sciences sectors.  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 Powell, Jr. joined DPI in 1990 and has been running the business for the past decade.  He has led successful Board, CEO, and officer-level searches in finance, marketing, sales, engineering, operations, and information technology.  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 for Ingram Micro, a multi-billion dollar international distributor of computer hardware, software, and peripherals in account management and channel marketing.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dave received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.  He enjoys cooking, music, fly fishing and spending time with his family.

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