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 nearly 20 years of executive search experience, Dave has successfully completed searches for board directors, chief executive officers, presidents, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, and a broad range of functional vice presidents, and has placed these executives in start-up firms, small and medium-sized public and private firms, and major corporations.


Dave joined Caldwell from Heidrick & Struggles, where he was the regional managing partner for the Americas of the Industrial Practice and partner-in-charge of the Dallas office. He was previously co-founder of a Boston-based boutique recruiting firm focused on venture-backed startups and served in advisory positions to several technology companies. Prior to his career in executive search, Dave was an owner and chief operating officer for a startup company that provided an outsourced supply chain for perfusionists and hospitals performing cardiac surgery procedures.

Before embarking on his corporate career, Dave spent 20 years serving his country as an officer in the US Marine Corps. He held numerous flying assignments, served as the chief of global programs for the Special Operations Command, and served on the staff of Marine Weapons and Tactics Squadron One.


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

More About Dave

Dave serves 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 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow, Dave also serves on the advisory board of the North Texas Chapter of the NACD. He is a member of the Helicopter Association International, holds an FAA commercial rotary-wing instrument pilot certificate, is a former 20-year U.S. Soccer Federation referee, and has completed eight triathlons.

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