David is a business and marketing consultant, a natural innovator and a problem solver. His career in marketing communications spans more than two decades during which time he has worked with two of the world’s largest advertising networks in Grey and Ogilvy & Mather and for some of this biggest brands and brand owners including Unilever, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestle, American Express and BP.
In 2003 David joined Ogilvy Russia as Group Managing Director. In less than four years Ogilvy Russia had become WPP’s largest creative group in the Russian Federation, increasing agency revenues by more than 500% and client satisfaction to its highest ever levels.
Returning to the UK, David founded the marketing consultancy and intermediary, Salt Partners. While working for clients such as the Post Office, Bayer, BMI Healthcare and several leading creative and media agencies, he developed the strategic framework that would become The Monkey House and wrote How to Buy a Gorilla, renaming his business after the book in 2017.
David lives in the UK in a village called Bodicote in Oxfordshire with his wife, Olga; his son, Daniel; a Russian Welsh terrier, a whippet called Molly and a couple of chickens.