Hall of Fame 2021

David Whitley

David Whitley currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Bullhorn Inc., the global leader in software for the staffing and recruiting industry. Previously, he was the Managing Director of DHW Ventures LLC, an executive management consulting company specializing in advisory services to software companies. He has advised early stage, venture-backed and private equity owned software companies, having spent many years as Head of Software Engineering in multiple private equity owned portfolio companies. He was also most recently the SVP of Product Development for Applied Systems, Inc., the leading global provider of cloud-based insurance software, which achieved significant global growth, leading the digital transformation of the insurance industry.

Prior to Applied Systems, he was responsible for global product development activities for the Security, Government, and Infrastructure division at Intergraph Corp., providing mission-critical software for several industries including public safety, defense, intelligence, utilities, transportation, and communications.

David has served as the Chair of the NC State Engineering Foundation Board Development Committee, and as Vice Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the NC State Engineering Foundation Board. David has also served on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Department of Computer Science at NC State, and is an active member of the Wolfpack Investor Network, where he enjoys helping young companies achieve their growth goals, and values the ability to network with other Wolfpack entrepreneurs and investors seeking to strengthen the Wolfpack business community.

David and his wife, Karen, endowed the David & Karen Whitley Engineering Scholarship for electrical engineering or computer science students, to assist students with financial hardship having lost his father due to a heart attack his junior year of college at NC State. Additionally, the Whitley’s have contributed to the Fitts-Woolard Hall capital campaign by naming a study lounge in the new building. David graduated with honors from North Carolina State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and is a North Carolina native.