David Wessels, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School
Named by BusinessWeek as one of the nation’s top business school instructors, David’s expertise is in corporate valuation, investment banking, and venture capital. He has taught and consulted for clients including Coca-Cola, Deloitte & Touche, Home Depot, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, and others. David’s book, Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies is a standard text for corporate valuation and performance management.
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Executive Education Programs Taught
Advanced Management Program
Technology, globalization, and constant change have made the job of leading a business more exciting, complex, and demanding. If you are leading, or are in line to lead your firm, Wharton’s flagship program empowers you to define and act on your purpose as a leader and strengthen your strategic prowess. Receive alumni status.
Global CEO Program: A Transformational Journey
This program meets on three non-consecutive weeks in three different countries – CEIBS in Shanghai, China; the Wharton School in Philadelphia; and IESE in Barcelona, Spain. Strengthen your knowledge of new markets, reflect on pressing issues, and broaden your skills as a senior leader.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Our interdisciplinary faculty and industry speakers help you select, assess, and evaluate potential opportunities. Examine acquisition strategy, valuation techniques, tax issues, due diligence, and post-acquisition integration.
Scaling Ventures: Developing the Playbook for Profitable Growth
Resolve the key challenges companies face when trying to grow rapidly as they transition from tactical, short-term thinking to a long-term focused vision. Learn how to move beyond the startup phase to create a large enterprise of tremendous value.
The CFO: Becoming a Strategic Partner
This program helps you refine your leadership style, communicate your financial knowledge to other leaders, and make a greater contribution to strategy development and value creation in your organization.
Learn how to evaluate venture capital investment opportunities and do due diligence that will uncover pitfalls and mitigate risk.