Author, speaker and consultant David A. Fields has presented to executives from all over the world who are seeking better results, quicker action and easier implementation when they turn to outside help on business issues. Named one of Advertising Age magazine’s “Marketing Top 100,” top CEOs call upon his innovative thinking and engaging style when tackling their toughest challenges. Companies such as Abbott Laboratories, International Paper, Whirlpool, Valvoline, Warner Home Video, Lexmark, and Domino’s Pizza have all relied on Fields’s unique brand of insight.

“I love David’s work!” says Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and MOJO. David’s book, The Executive’s Guide to Consultants is being published by McGraw-Hill in November, 2012. In addition, David produces the 7 Quick Tips series of books, authored More Projects, More Revenue, and writes monthly columns for IndustryWeek and Consulting Magazine. 

Fields is also a frequent contributor to national business media and his commentary and strategic insights have appeared in USA Today, CNN Money, Investor’s Business Daily, Philadelphia Inquirer, Advertising Age, BusinessWeek, SmartMoney, and dozens of other publications.

Fields holds an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and a B.S. in Management, also from Carnegie Mellon. He is the Managing Director of the Ascendant Consortium, a group of elite, independent business consultancies whose clients span the Fortune 500. He is also the founder of one of the 25 member companies in the consortium: Ascendant Consulting, LLC, which specializes in designing and implementing corporate growth strategies.

Prior to co-founding Ascendant Consulting in 2005, Fields spent close to 20 years in sales and marketing leadership roles, including nine years in Brand Management, Sales, and Market Research at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). There, he led GI and Oral Care franchises, pioneered their Trade Marketing efforts, led retail Sales efforts in both the Eastern and Western parts of the U.S., and developed cutting-edge analytical tools for understanding how and why customers buy.