Dave is a recognized pioneer in enterprise software and human resources (HR) technology and the founder of several companies including Workday and PeopleSoft.
Founded in 2005, Workday is focused on delivering enterprise business services on-demand. Dave is Workday's CEO and Chief Customer Advocate.
He founded the software giant PeopleSoft in 1987, and served as the company's CEO and board chairman. He was responsible for the company's vision, product and market direction, and commitment to customer service. In addition, he inspired the company's unique culture by promoting core values that focused on people, innovation, integrity and fun. PeopleSoft grew to be the world's second-largest application software company before being acquired by Oracle in January 2005.
Dave established two other mainframe application software companies earlier in his career. He was CEO, chairman, and chief product architect at Integral Systems, the first company to offer DB2-based human resource and accounting systems. He also co-founded Information Associates which specialized in applications for the higher education market. He began his career at IBM as a marketing representative and systems engineer.He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Cornell University.
As far back as he can remember, Dave was fond of dogs, but his love for them grew when a little Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie came into his life. Dave's early years with Maddie were a time of great stress as he struggled to break away from Integral Systems and start PeopleSoft. Always at his side offering unconditional love and devotion, Maddie helped get Dave and his wife Cheryl through the down times. Dave has said, "Maddie was the lighthouse during the stormy period."
It was then that Dave and Cheryl made a promise: should they ever be well off, their top priority would be to give back to Maddie and her kind in dollars that which Maddie gave to them in life and love. Maddie passed away in 1997, but Dave and Cheryl have made good on their promise with the creation of Maddie's Fund.