David Wynne, IDSA, is an operations and finance executive who harnesses empathetic leadership in various industries and environments. His mission in every company and engagement is to create sustaining and scalable value.
Wynne is vice president of operational finance at American Apparel, leading restructuring and sale efforts in operations, strategy, analysis, forecasting and cash management. Previously, Wynne served as director of sales at Pressed Juicery, a national cold pressed juice manufacturer and retailer. He managed as many as 200 staff while leading and building teams in retail operations, technology, e-commerce, corporate sales, marketing, analytics and customer service.
He spent nearly a decade in management consulting (Mars & Co.) and private equity (Riverside Company)—advising, investing in and helping companies across a diverse range of industries. Early in his career, Wynne consulted with Navistar. He holds four patents for products he helped design for the company.
Wynne earned an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he served as president of the Wharton Innovation and Design Club—transforming the club into a pan-university organization (the first of its kind) and recruiting and leading more than 20 board members and nearly 200 members from various programs across the campus (design, engineering and business, among others).
Wynne also holds a master’s degree in product development and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with minors in industrial design and business—both from Carnegie Mellon University—where he also developed products for Navistar, Alcoa, Kennametal and New Balance.
Statement of Candidacy
I have great respect and admiration for professional industrial designers. I remember from John Heskett's 1980s book Industrial Design, design was defined as "the idea at the root of a work." In that vein of thinking, although my professional function is finance, I harness my design education and experience every day to navigate work, family and life.
My expertise is in making ideas happen through a financial and operating lens—in taking strategic ideas and leading them through actionable plans with measurable goals and milestones to ultimately create value. As secretary/treasurer of IDSA’s Board of Directors, I would intend to apply my skills in supporting both the immediate and long term goals of IDSA.
This expectantly will include the refinement of process and structure to help evaluate and execute ideas that will help develop the organization and its members. In such an incredible group of people with expansive creative and analytical talents, I am certain that this role will be personally challenging, enriching, and rewarding. I appreciate the opportunity and welcome the challenge.