Dave Dowling, Founder and Managing

Dave Dowling
Dave Dowling is the Founder and Managing Principal of Aligns, Inc., providing strategic business advisory and organization/leadership development services to a wide range of clients. He serves on the Advisory Board of MD Revolution. Dave is also one of the founding team members of Executive Service Impact (ESI), and an affiliate of Holder Capital Partners.

As an adviser to executives, Dave is known for helping his clients unlock and combine the collective capabilities of their leadership teams to rapidly create a shared view on tough issues. He has held executive leadership roles in health care, financial services and technology companies where he has led numerous business and transformation organizational strategy initiatives. In addition, he has held senior roles in strategy, business development, learning and human resources at Aetna, Pitney Bowes, and United Technologies.

Organizations that have benefited through collaboration with Dave over the past fifteen years include Ascension Health and many of its local health ministries, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, University Healthcare Alliance, Fidelity, HCA, Pfizer, Anthem, Catamaran, University of Wisconsin Business School, Health Care Service Corporation (the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL, TX and NM), and numerous early- to mid-stage private equity backed healthcare and technology companies, including MD Revolution and HealthPointe Solutions.

His varied experiences as a consultant and an executive leading strategy, large enterprise programs and staff functions have equipped him with a unique ability to offer Boards and senior leaders incisive, sound advice and recommendations that have served to accelerate the achievement of strategic objectives within their organizations. As a result, Dave has the unique ability to see your issues and opportunities as both an advisor, as well as someone who has lived with the consequences of strategic decisions.

Dave has a reputation for asking thought provoking questions to help his clients discover solutions to nagging issues. His passion for learning, his ability to connect with individuals at all levels, as well as his unique gift of quickly understanding people and processes, ensures that there is no issue that is too complicated for him to decipher. He contributes by closing the gaps between strategy and the reality of organizations.

Dave earned a BS degree from Central Connecticut State University and an MS degree from University of Bridgeport. He also pursued additional graduate studies at The Julliard School, and Wesleyan University, as well as business studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Wharton.

He divides his time between consulting and advising the C-Suite, and providing business development support for early-stage companies, while also devoting time to hospice volunteer work.

He lives in Dana Point, CA with his wife and their three rescue dogs.

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We work in a highly collaborative and direct manner that helps leaders to see what it will take to optimize performance. In doing so we will renew passion excellence across your team, as well as build organizational insight and define actions required to ensure ongoing alignment management systems, structures and talent with strategy. We will leave you with the plans, process, skills and tools needed.

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