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David Ness

Bringing the power and speed of external innovation to top corporations

Work History


Emerging Technology Lead

Target Corporation

Created Target's first Startup focused innovation function. By matching external solutions to known business opportunities we increased strategy execution by 20% and reduced overall cost by 12%. Over 300+ different companies scouted. 30 Proof of concepts running annually. Identified $3B in investment opportunities ($624MM in tracked gains).


Strategy Manager

Target Corporation

Senior level consulting role in 9000+  function. Office of the CIO, leading far reaching and sensitive initiatives through the organization, creating and managing the business plans for technology within Target. 


Strategy Lead

Cargill Inc, USA

Senior level consulting role in 3000+  global technology function, created and implemented  global processes and tools for core enterprise functions (strategic portfolio planning, work intake and demand management, application development and design). Reduced IT project portfolios from 120 to 1, creating spend transparency from global to local project level.


NA Financial Systems Application Development manger

Cargill Inc, USA

Led a $20MM portfolio, delivering KLO and discretionary projects, across 13 technologies and 10 business segments. Developed deep client relationships, which resulted in $5MM in new business generation and consulted with leadership on strategic alignment, accountable for all portfolio results, vendor and team management (20 direct reports).


Project/ Product/ Program manager

Cargill Plc, Europe

7 roles across 4 business', over 25,000 hours of cross functional project management ($30k - $15MM). Managed the portfolio of business services and initiatives for 4 bushiness spanning 8 countries, realized over €100k in cost savings by rationalizing their development requests. Created a global shared service and led the companies largest (to date) outsourcing initiative.



BA, Honors Degree, Philosophy and Psychology

Stirling University, Stirling, Scotland

Combined honors course that awarded an Cognitive Neuroscience degeree


MSc Post Graduate Diploma, Information Systems

Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Masters course in Information systems, focus on networking protocols and COBOL, C++