David McDonald has over 25 years of experience in the electronics and communications industry, primarily in the satellite communication sector. After selling a company he co-founded in 2006, he has been working with charitable causes and assisting certain companies in advisory and board roles.
Mr. McDonald was a co-founder of DataPath and served as its President, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning and its initial Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was responsible for developing DataPath’s US military customer base for Centcom. This led to substantial growth during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The systems he designed and sold to the US Army became the primary communication infrastructure for the US Military in Southwest Asia. In 2004 he led the search for a private equity investor for the company. This led to a $35 million investment by The White Oak Group. He was responsible for developing DataPath’s long-term market strategy for both the government and commercial sector and worked with the private equity firm to sell the company via an SEC 144a transaction. He continues to work with The White Oak Group as an Operating Partner and has served as a director for White Oak companies.
Before co-founding DataPath in 1996, Mr. McDonald was Director of Marketing for SDS International, Inc., a provider of satellite services to government and commercial clients around the world. He was also a founder and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for IDB Systems, a division of IDB Communications Group (later becoming Worldcom/MCI), where he developed new business with broadcasters and ministries of communication in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Mr. McDonald is currently the Chairman of the McDonald Family Foundation and is on the board of trustees for the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.