Dave Summa - Alliance Director

  • Business Model Innovations
  • (650)533-7574

Areas of Expertise include: Business Planning   Mergers & Acquisitions   Organizational Development   Strategic Planning   


Dave Summa is creative strategist, innovative thinker and tenacious problem solver.  With more than 30 years of C-suite and consulting experience, Dave has a track record of making growth happen in the ag, life science and clean tech industries.

Dave’s career has several distinct phases.  Currently, Dave is a partner in Business Model Innovations, a professional service firm.  He helps clients with C-level acting management assignments, traditional consulting projects, and CEOs ‘sparring’ – a more operationally engaged form of coaching. His BMI clients include JNJ, Amgen, Peaxy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Apex Wind Energy, Sage Glass (St. Gobain), Cargill, DSM, the Emir of Qatar, Scott’s Lawn & Garden, several venture capital funds including Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Versant Ventures and 5AM, and numerous startups.  Prior to BMI, Dave was a CEO at three startups over a 10-year period in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Kinestral (electrochromic windows), Acumen Pharmaceuticals (Alzheimer’s therapeutics) and Mendel Biotechnology (genomics).  Prior to moving the Bay Area, Dave was a partner at McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he led the Global Innovation Practice.  Dave started his career in product development at Procter & Gamble continued it at Monsanto in the 1980s and mid-1990s.  Dave also has over 55 board-years of service on Boards of Directors.  He brings operating, consulting and board-level experience to his clients and to his group member in the Alliance. 

Dave has a robust deal sheet including nine financings, licensing deals worth more than $300 million, M&A deals exceeding $500 million, and the creation of three large joint ventures with Fortune 500 partners.  Dave has developed business plans and pitch decks for 5 clients resulting in successful funding of more than $400M.

Dave graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Dave is an avid swimmer and astrophotographer.