David Smith is an Associate of Ashridge Strategic Management Centre, where he is an authority on mergers and acquisitions and corporate investment decision making.
He is an investment adviser to a major media corporation and acts as consultant to a number of top FT100 industrial and commercial clients. Previously, he was a director of MDA, a management development and education consultancy, and headed their corporate finance division.
Before that, he worked with the Shell group as a senior manager having responsibility for advising on all significant mergers and acquisitions undertaken within the group on a worldwide basis. Based both overseas and in the UK, he also developed extensive practical experience of evaluating major investment decisions.
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and holds a BSc in Physics from Birmingham University.