David Wertheimer is a digital executive who drives innovation through customer comprehension and cross-functional leadership.
A veteran of the ecommerce and media industries, he most recently ran the client website and mobile initiatives for Gartner, the world's leading research and advisory company. Prior to Gartner, David created the customer experience function at PR Newswire, installing a user-centric approach that led to gains of as much as 200% on key initiatives. This built upon successes forged earlier at Clarins, where he launched the company's first ecommerce site and greatly expanded its digital presence.
David was previously founding CEO of Canopy Commerce, an ecommerce agency owned by Alexander Interactive, which he led from inception to its position as a successful and sought-after boutique. He incubated Canopy after building the strategic discipline at Ai; as their head of strategy, he led award-winning engagements with some of the industry's most influential websites. Other roles include senior leadership positions in companies including Burson-Marsteller and The Economist, working on everything from business development to marketing and web design.
An active startup advisor, David has worked with such teams as RateFrame, winner of the 2016 NYU Entrepreneur Competition, and Threadlab among others. He also is a mentor with NYU Stern’s Berkley Innovation Lab and Venture Fellows program.
David is an internationally recognized public speaker and author on digital strategy, ecommerce and user experience. His Ideapad, launched in 1998, is one of the world's oldest continually publishing blogs.
David has an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and a bachelor's degree from Franklin & Marshall College. He lives in New York with his wife, award-winning advertising executive Amy Wertheimer, and their sons Nathan and Eli.