David joined WEX in 2016, bringing to the company his 30 years of experience delivering award-winning software products across a broad spectrum of uses, including turnkey systems, enterprise software, software as a service (SAAS), web and mobile products. Prior to joining WEX, he held several senior technology positions, including head of global operations at GlobeOne, SVP of technology at Green Dot, and CTO and SVP of product development at both Fiserv and CashEdge.
David has secured a patent for streaming geometry in a virtual environment and has several patents pending around payments. Originally from Scotland, he holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and microprocessor systems from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
What brought you to WEX?
I followed WEX for a long time from an investment perspective and was thrilled when I had the opportunity to apply for the CTO position. When I first talked to Melissa Smith about it, she noted that technology is the future of the company. So the combination of liking the company and being responsible for technology—a key feature of corporate growth—made this an exciting opportunity.
What are your personal passions outside of work and family?
I have a young (and growing) family, so I spend a lot of time with them. I also meditate—I’ve even been on silent retreats—which I find to be both relaxing and stimulating, and generally enjoy outdoor activities, including spending as much time as possible sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter.
How do you foster creative and innovative thinking?
There are so many ways to foster innovative thinking: I think cross-functional teams are critical, as is an open dialogue. In my opinion, all ideas are equal, at least at the beginning. Then you discuss and refine them.
What motto sums up your work philosophy?
“Communicate and then communicate again.” When there are major breakdowns, often the root of that is in lack of communication, so regardless of the project or discipline, a focus on communication is a huge value.