Douglas Walker serves as the Managing Director of SWBi International.
A founding member of the firm, he serves as a focal point for Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer, Board of Director and C-Level and VP-level (Engineering, Marketing, Sales, and CFO) assignments for the firm. He is chartered with ensuring the firm's most qualified resources are assigned to these searches across industry segments, (software, semiconductor, security and telecommunication/networking). His company clients have included Artel, Ascent Venture Partners, Nuera, VPISystems, DSC, Alcatel, Torrent Networking, TimePlex, OpenRoute aka Proteon, Woodwind Communications, Viagate, RadVision, Telaxis, Cabletron Systems, aka Entersys, Applied Digital Access, TopLayer, CipherOptics, Ericsson IP Infrastructure, Indus River, Axerra Networks, Linx Communications, Net2Net, Outreach Technologies, Network Engines, Radware, Ocular Networks, Quantum Bridge, Seneca Networks, Sonoma Systems, Telica, Voice Control Systems, HarbourVest Venture Partners, Thomas H. Lee, Gillett, CoPharma, Coopers & Lybrand aka PricewaterhouseCoopers, Schwarzkopf Technologies, True Technologies, Visualization Technology, VPISystems, Lotus, Lanyon Legent, aka Computer Associates, Process Software, Spaceworks, InCert Software, Keymage, Nabnassett, Nextlinx, Switchboard, Eastman Kodak, TranSwitch Corporation, SiTera, aka Vitesse, Onex, Oro-logic aka Vitesse, Optix Networks, Litchfield Communication and the Yankee Group.
Retained by corporate Boards, Doug has consistently delivered CEO and Board of Director candidates who have had a significant impact on their company's market capitalization. In addition to corporate clients, Doug has been retained by top-tier investment groups, (Venture Capital and LBO) including HarbourVest Partners, Ampersand Ventures, Bessemer Ventures, Thomas H. Lee, Kodiak Venture Partners, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, Commonwealth Capital, Advanced Technology Partners, NC Enterprise, Columbia Capital, One Liberty Ventures aka Flagship Ventures, TVM Techno Partners, Novak Biddle Ventures, Idanta Partners, Hambrecht & Quist Group, Egan-Managed Capital, Vision Capital, Highland Capital, and Seed Ventures. Having developed long-term relationships, he has continually been hired by these investment groups to recruit CEOs and important executives for high-profile searches. Companies have been in various stages including public, high-growth, turnaround, start-up and roll-up scenarios.
Joining Cliff Sink in 1992 as a principal, Doug was elected as Managing Director. Previously, he spent many years as a Vice President at Kishbaugh Associates. Herb Kishbaugh was a senior member of Haley Associates a premier retained executive search firm out of the Seagram Building in New York City, NY, an executive search firm serving all types of markets, including technology companies. He was formerly the Chief Financial Officer for R.M. Bradley's Bradley Real Estate Investment Trust, (worlds longest continuous running REIT, traded over NASDAQ). He spent six years in public accounting, including terms with Pricewaterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand. He earned a CPA certification, after passing the exam first sitting.
Doug practices within the major line and staff functional disciplines with particular emphasis in high technology, software, telecommunications, financial services, and manufacturing. He has been retained by organizations of all sizes, from multinational Fortune 500 to that of venture capital funded emerging businesses. Selected engagements have included, CEO, President, Board of Directors, COO, CFO, CIO, CTO General Manager level to the middle level executives, (Vice President, Director, Senior Manager), including areas, as; sales, marketing, product line management, investor relations, engineering, tax, product development/management, human resources, manufacturing and quality control, materials management, systems integration and consultants. He has also worked on international engagements.