David Pitre’s focus on simplicity and listening to employees’ ideas are key principles of Davis & Company’s employee-centric approach. As CEO, David sets the strategic direction for the firm to ensure we’re delivering innovative solutions. He provides senior counsel to leading organizations—such as BlackRock, Dun & Bradstreet, New York Public Library, PepsiCo and The Rockefeller Foundation—helping communicators and business leaders solve their toughest communication challenges.

An experienced speaker on communication issues, David has conducted workshops for The Conference Board, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Society for Human Resource Management. He has also written and edited several books: Change communication made easyHow to conduct employee focus groups and What’s Next: 9 ways to reinvent employee communication. He holds a bachelor’s degree in instructional media from Ryerson University (Toronto) and an MBA in design management from the University of Westminster (U.K.).

Q&A with David Pitre

What makes Davis & Company special?
I like to think that Goldilocks would like it here because we’re just the right size. Not too small—where we can’t handle complex assignments. Not too large—where colleagues get lost in a sea of bureaucracy. But just right—where everyone interacts with clients and we have fun doing great work!

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?           
Definitely butterscotch, but coconut is a close second. If they’re both in the same bowl, even better.

What was the first album you bought?   
Olivia Newton-John’s Clearly Love—don’t judge me, please.