David G. White, Jr., Ph.D
David is a partner and co-founder of Ontos Global. He has spent the last 30 years helping organizations manage and sustain transformation. As a cognitive anthropologist, his research and practice focuses on groundbreaking approaches to organizational culture and transformation based on the new science of the cultural mind. He has written two books that fundamentally challenge — and change — the way culture is thought of and practiced in the business world, the most recent being Disrupting Corporate Culture: How Cognitive Science Alters Accepted Beliefs About Culture and Culture Change and Its Impact on Leaders and Change Agents (Routledge, 2020).
As an OD and leadership development practitioner working with global companies and start ups, he focuses on designing and implementing successful, large scale organizational transformation programs, as well as developing adaptive leaders who can do the same. He consults to companies as diverse as ITT, Xylem, Mercury Systems, GE, Fidelity Investments, Pratt & Whitney, Bayer, Biogen, Kaiser Permanente, and CVS, among others.
From 2003 until 2010 he was Director of Talent and Organizational Capability at Microsoft, where he led the development of Microsoft’s integrated platform for people management and leadership development. This competency, career path and key experiences platform was deployed to 100,000 people worldwide.
Prior to Microsoft, David was a Principal at Mercer HR Consulting, cofounded an Internet technology company focused on integrated talent management (acquired by Mercer), created the HR function for an early internet advertising start-up (acquired ultimately by Yahoo), and spent several years at Lotus Development (IBM) in line and corporate HR roles. He began his corporate career as an executive recruiter in investment banking in New York, having come from a prior career in aviation as a flight instructor and charter pilot.
David grew up in Chile, Spain, and the United States, and speaks Spanish. He is also a professional jazz guitarist and composer with 7 CDs to his credit.