David Wessels, PhD

David Wessels

Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

About David:

Named by BusinessWeek as one of the nation’s top business school instructors, David focuses on how companies grow organically using strategic pivots, how they prioritize strategic initiatives, and how they measure and manage financial performance. He has taught and consulted for many clients including BP, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Estee Lauder, Goldman Sachs, Google, McKinsey, Philips, 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.

LMC: Advancing Business Acumen

Academic Director

This program provides business insights to help high-potential managers in the construction industry so they can improve their financial acumen and organizational collaboration.

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

Academic Director

This program helps you refine your leadership style, communicate your financial knowledge to other leaders, and extend your influence across the organization. You will enhance your ability to impact your organization's strategy and value creation.

Venture Capital

This program will provide participants with a rigorous framework both to evaluate investment opportunities and to manage a multi-stage investment process in an innovative firm. Learn how to evaluate venture capital investment opportunities and do due diligence that will uncover pitfalls and mitigate risk.