David Wessels

David Wessels, PhD

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

Wharton’s flagship leadership program is a transformational and immersive program for senior executives who are at the peak of their careers. This intellectually rigorous and highly experiential program will define you as a leader and strengthen your strategic prowess. Upon completion, you will be granted highly sought-after Wharton alumni status.

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 Business for Profitable Growth

Successfully navigate your company toward revenue-producing growth while strengthening strategic, financial, marketing, and leadership initiatives. Leave with an immediately deployable and financially viable plan for scalable expansion.

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.

Wharton Nursing Leaders Program

The primary focus of this program is to assist nursing leaders in the effective management and implementation of strategic and tactical plans. The program includes identifying the key stakeholders and influencing their behavior, learning to manage resources, and knowing when to terminate a task force or health care project.