David Wessels (Ph.D. '00) is an adjunct professor of finance and a director of executive education in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Wessels teaches courses on corporate valuation, venture capital and performance management to undergraduates and MBAs in Philadelphia and San Francisco, along with global executive audiences.
Wessels has been recognized by his students with Wharton's MBA excellence in teaching award, and has been acknowledged nationally for his research on organizational structure and financial performance. His co-authored book, Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, is accepted as the seminal text for students of corporate valuation and investment banking.
Wessels has served on the executive development and training faculties at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Coca-Cola, Ericsson, Estee Lauder, Home Depot, Lockheed Martin, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Philips, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siemens and UPS.
Before joining the Wharton School, Wessels served on finance faculty of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Prior to Emory, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and a technology analyst for Harbourvest Venture Partners in Boston.