David Millner — résumé

2010 -

Co-founder of Boldset, a communication agency: designing and developing visual identities, printed and digital media, custom dynamic websites and on-line applications; providing also communication consulting and information technology services.

2002 -

Independent communication consultant and designer, in Paris, providing communication and content design.

1998 - 2002

MSM FININCO (now absorbed into the MSM GROUP), a financial and consulting services company in Winterthur, Switzerland.
From 1999 Director and Partner responsible for private equity.
Built up a private equity activity from scratch. The MSM Group is now a value adding venture capital broker and also provides finance and consulting services to startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

1994 - 1997

M-TEC HOLDING (then including PORTEC), in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Managing Director of a holding company and its small subsidiaries. Conceived, raised finance, and lead the management buy-out (MBO) of two new materials technology groups from Sulzer. Consolidated these ventures, furthered applications, and put new products onto the world market, thus establishing a sound and growing business.

1990 - 1994

SULZER, World Headquarters, in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Development Manager in the group Corporate Market Development.
Managed the development and divestitures of proprietary inventions and groups (corporate innovation prize); involved in various corporate strategic initiatives, typically in recruiting new business alliances and exploiting young technologies; composed and implemented corporate communication pieces.

1989 - 1990

"Sabbatical": drove a Citroën 2CV alone from Geneva to Cape Town.

1984 - 1989

HEWLETT–PACKARD, European Headquarters, in Geneva.
Product Manager responsible for the introduction, marketing, and development of consulting and custom project services in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

1981 - 1982

RADICON – HLW, managing supervision contracts for turn-key construction projects, at the company headquarters, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Aide-de-camp to chief executive, for project mobilisation and administration.

1979 - 1981

WILLIAM J. MARSHALL, a consulting practice specialising in the investigation of engineering failures and professional negligence, in London.
Investigative Expert investigating failed structures in preparation for litigation.

1977 - 1979

HAWKINS, HAWKINS AND OSBORN, a civil/structural engineering design consultancy specialising in transportation, in Cape Town.
Design Engineer, then Computer Manager.


1983 - 1984

MBA, International Management Institute (now IMD Lausanne), Geneva.

1973 - 1976

B.Sc. Civil Engineering (first class honours), University of Cape Town.


Swiss and South African citizen, born in Cape Town, in 1954.


English — mother tongue,
German and French — notion.

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