David M. Carlson, Ph.D.

Summary: A successful leader of technology with an extensive history of successfully directing IT functions for high profile companies including Kmart, IHS and Ingram Micro.  Proficient at analyzing the mission and operating environments of both startup and mature organizations and determining the adequacy of IT to deliver value; especially with regard to serving customers.  International business expert with proficiency at coordinating and directing complex systems projects throughout US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Talented communicator who served on or led many industry standards committees, including Uniform Code Council [which manages the UPC] and Voluntary Inter-industry Communications Standards [VICS] Committee.  Has kept current on trends such as Cloud computing, cyber security, Big Data and the use of social media.

Education & Professional Development

 The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  • B.S. Concentration in Mathematics
  • M.S. Concentration in Industrial Administration
  • Ph.D. Concentration in Industrial and Operations Engineering
  • Post-Doctoral Study Financial Policy
  • Pepperdine Law School, Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution: Issues in Labor Mediation
  • Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance: 2010 Directors College.

Previous Associations & Affiliation

  • Orange County Audit Oversight Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Electronic Resources Limited, Singapore
  • Board of Trustees, Adrian College, Adrian, MI
  • Guest Lecturer, London School of Economics
  • Guest Lecturer, Tel Aviv University
  • University Instructor in Psychology and Systems Analysis & Design, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M

Professional site

Professional Highlights

 IHS Inc: Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Product Development and Delivery, Englewood, CO
$1.3 billion information and insight company

During these years, IHS grew from $551 million in 2006 to $1.3 billion; a compounded growth rate of about 20%. 

DMC Companies: President | CEO, Irvine, CA

Strategic technology consulting firm

  1. Conducted technology due diligence for venture capital firm that resulted in a major revision of investment deal
  2. Consulted to the Central Committee on Publishing of the Soviet Union on the use of technical standards to improve the flow of consumer goods throughout the USSR
  3. Successfully directed the implementation of Oracle Financials system
  4. Prepared a Company for SOX compliance for a public offering

INGRAM MICRO, INC: Senior Vice President | Chief Technology Officer, Santa Ana, CA

  1. $28 billion technology products distribution company
    During these three years the company grew from about $8billion to about $28billion through acquisitions and organic growth.
  2. Installed new IT systems and infrastructure in China, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, India, Australia, Austria, Finland, and New Zealand

KMART Corporation: Senior Vice President | Chief Information Officer, Troy, MI

  1. $50 billion retail conglomerate
  2. Provided technology leadership to Kmart and its subsidiaries WaldenBooks, Borders, Payless Drugs NW, Sports Authority, and Builders Square
  3. Installed 20,000 in-store systems and 50,000 terminals in 2,000+ Kmart stores; all flawlessly