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David Allen

David Allen

2018 Distinguished Alumni

B.A. Philosophy '89

David Allen is an executive and entrepreneur focused for more than 30 years on the intersection of ambitious problems, technology that is enabling, and sustainable business models. At Google, Allen focuses on digital transformation and bringing the benefits of cloud computing to enterprises around the planet. Allen has started and/or contributed to six successful company exits and is currently an investor and advisor to 14 startups.


Having served as a CEO, CTO and member of senior staff for companies such as Google and Fujitsu, Allen has expertise across multiple industries including media and entertainment, telecommunications, financial services and high-tech. He has advised a diverse portfolio of companies and organizations including the British Broadcasting Company, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Verizon, JP Morgan Chase, Freddie Mac, the U.S. Department of Education, Lloyds, Amazon, HP, Disney and others, delivering on business transformation, ecosystem strategy and technology vision.


He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts and holds a Master’s in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris. Allen and his family reside in Portland, Oregon, where they are active members of their community including service on local boards and volunteer activities. In their spare time, they enjoy travel and working on the family treehouse.

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