David W. Bennett

Seattle, United States

Professional Practice:

Currently the CEO of Excelerate Systems an International Software solution provider with customers in 18 countries, David has over 25 years of High Tech experience in Telecommunications and Enterprise Software in the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Japan, the Middle East and Africa. He began his career with British Telecom in the UK before moving into Enterprise software. He joined FileNET Corporation in 1997, in the Netherlands as Director of Channel Sales in Europe, He then moved to the Seattle area as VP of Worldwide Channel Sales and then VP of Corporate Strategy with FileNET.He then joined Attachmate Corporation as the VP and General Manager of International at Attachmate Corporation running a worldwide business of over $160m in sales. In this role he led the doubling of the International business in 2 years through merger and acquisition with WRQ, OnDemand software and NetIQ. David left Attachmate in 2007 to form Excelerate Systems. During his 25 years he has traveled extensively to 50 countries and built up an unrivalled knowledge of International business and how to manage geographically diverse businesses for growth and profitability.

Professional and Civic Activities:

  • Former member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK)
  • Former member of the Institute of Directors (UK)
  • Contributor to many International business events in the Seattle Area
  • Occasional guest speaker at University of Washington Global business center events


David completed his undergraduate studies at the City of London Polytechnic focusing on Business Studies. He completed an MBA at Cranfield University in the UK.