David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Binder Hamlyn in 1987 and then spent 14 years with Global Drinks giant Allied Domecq becoming Divisional Finance Director for Supply Chain Global Duty and Special Markets, and then Finance & Commercial Director of Allied Distillers. During this period David led several ERP implementations including SAP and Manugistics Planning systems and multiple disposals and acquisitions.
Moving to Avon Cosmetics EMEA David led Supply Chain Operations & Planning across 41 Markets (both large and small) and drove up service whilst reducing inventory through ERP and Planning systems implementations as part of Global initiative and introducing Sales & Operations Planning processes to optimise use of the systems and Operational Assets. Completed building and opening of Russian Manufacturing plan.
David became FD Group Monsoon & Accessorize during a growth period including many new market start-ups and over 100 new stores p.a. and was CFO HJ Heinz Frozen Foods Europe, and recently led a profit turnaround of Fashion Jewellery Designer and Supplier to the UK Supermarkets and High Street Icon Live.
In total David has over 30 Acquisition, Disposal and Merger deals behind him and has worked in North America, Eastern and Western Europe.