David L. Felsenthal serves as Chief Executive Officer of EAB, an education research, technology, and data-enabled services firm. Since its founding as part of The Advisory Board Company in 2007, EAB has grown to serve more than 2,000 schools, colleges, and universities across the country and around the world. Passionate about education and about building compelling careers for EAB’s 1,500 employees, David is proud to work alongside EAB’s experts to make education smarter and our communities stronger.
Across David’s tenure, EAB has been recognized with numerous awards for its impact on its partners, service to its communities, and commitment to its employees, including Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” Washington Post’s’ “Top Workplaces,” The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s “Top Workplaces,” and Washington Business Journal’s “Corporate Philanthropy by Volunteer Hours.”
David previously served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer of The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ:ABCO). In 2001, as CFO, David helped take The Advisory Board Company public. The company subsequently grew from $70M in revenue and 400 employees to more than $750M in revenue with 3,700 employees across 10 offices and 3 continents. In addition, from its origins as a subscription research business, The Advisory Board Company grew into a leading technology and services provider with more than 50% of 2016 revenue from SaaS-based analytics and workflow software. Across David’s 17 years at The Advisory Board Company, the compound annual growth rate for revenue was 16% and share price was 17%.
Earlier in his career, David worked in product development and delivery while serving as Vice President of eHospital, a company focused on producing health care information and delivering it to patients and providers via the Internet. David also worked as Director of Business Development at Vivra Specialty Partners, a private health care services and technology firm owned by Bain Capital and Texas Pacific Group.
David holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. degree from Princeton University. He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, JoAnna, and their three children, Ryan, Jake, and Abby.