Dave Winston

Dave Winston

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About Dave

Dave Winston is the leader of Caldwell’s Industrial Practice and the leader of the Dallas office. With over 22 years of executive search experience, he truly enjoys his craft – particularly with his team at Caldwell, who have been together for over 15 years. ​

Dave has a diverse background in search, with significant depth across all functions in the technology, professional services and industrial sectors. Over 60 percent of his projects are in the C-suite, and he and his team have completed over 300 P&L and finance roles and nearly 100 board assignments, all with a heavy concentration in PE-backed manufacturing companies.


Before embarking on his corporate career, Dave spent 20 years as a Marine officer turning jet fuel into noise. He held numerous flying assignments, served as the chief of global programs for the Special Operations Command, served on the staff of Marine Weapons and Tactics Squadron One as an instructor, and was deployed over seven years in support of US contingency operations abroad.


Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University.

More About Dave

Dave served as chairman for four years of his 11 years on the board of Heroes on the Water, a not-for-profit organization that helps wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. A lifelong athlete, Dave played NCAA Soccer and served as a FIFA referee. He is an avid outdoorsman who hunts and fishes many of the US states. He enjoys travel and has set foot in over 41 countries so far.

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The team knew exactly what to look for and didn’t give up until we got there. Along the way everybody was focused and responsive.” – Nick Scarsella, President & CEO, Crestview Aerospace

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Webinar: Unraveling the Complexity of the Defense Production Act of 1950. Caldwell, in association with Mike Tryon, JD, LL.M., former Commander Defense Contract Management Agency – International, recently hosted a webinar that provided a primer on the Defense Production Act (DPA). During the 60 minute presentation, Mike helped unravel the complexity of DPA as it relates to identifying, pursuing, and winning US government contracts for which your business may qualify. -read more-

Leading in a Crisis: How to think outside the box when there is no box. We’ve all heard the expression “think outside the box.” But what do you do when there’s no box, no frame of reference, or no paradigm to shift? -read more-

Navigating Uncharted Waters in Uncertain Times. Pragmatic governance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to spread disruption to the cadence of daily life around the globe, “the new normal” is a fast-evolving concept. -read more-

Strategic Insights for Hiring a Private Equity CFO. A survey on which attributes truly matter in the CFO chair. The signature of the private equity business model has always been a relentless focus on building value and wasting neither time nor resources on things that won’t add meaningful return on investment. -read more-

Activist Investors: Has Your Board Unwittingly Rolled Out the Red Carpet for Them? Activists seem to be a daily news item, and any company – successful or struggling – can attract activists. Within this environment, corporate boards need to be committed to functioning as a strategic asset of the corporation, rather than as a passive and homogeneous collection of long-tenured directors. Yet many boards either do not seem to appreciate the importance of this goal – or to know how to achieve it. -read more-

Waterman Hurst: 96% of Corporate Leaders Agree: Gender Pay Gap Must Be Fixed. The momentum is building, you read and hear about it almost daily. More board, CEO and top-level jobs are going to women in almost every industry and the drumbeat about the gender pay gap is loud and clear. But is this more of a media movement than a real fix? Will the momentum die before 50/50 leadership is achieved and before women and men are paid the same? -read more-

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