David Alden

Southeast Michigan
Vistage Chair since 2014

"Vistage is the perfect place to meld my lifelong interest in business with the passion to mentor talent and build winning teams." 

David Alden is a Senior Operations & Sales Executive with 10 years Asia experience and a consistent record of accomplishment in developing winning teams that deliver superior profit, sales and market share in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. He spent the majority of his career in leadership positions at Ford Motor Company including President, Southeast Asia & Japan and Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Service - Asia Pacific & Africa. He also led the startup of CHEP Automotive Solutions commercial efforts in the Americas. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for Enviro Board and MPI International LLC, a holding of Monomoy Capital Partners.

Dave spent a total of 10 years working and living in Asia in three separate assignments interspersed within a successful Ford Motor Company career based in the United States. After beginning his international career in Taiwan as Ford Marketing Planning Manager, Dave was promoted to Tokyo where he led a team that supported Ford business operations in 22 countries including Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. Traveling extensively throughout developing countries, his successes included the establishment of new Ford retail operations in Cambodia and Mongolia. In his third international assignment, Dave worked and resided in Bangkok; initially as Vice President, Marketing Sales & Service - Asia Pacific & Africa with responsibilities for China, India, Southeast Asia, Oceania and South Africa.  In Thailand, Dave was an active Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce where he developed strong relationships with both the western and Thai business communities. Upon being promoted to lead Southeast Asia/Japan operations, his simple philosophy of identifying, developing and mentoring key talent and building strong cohesive teams delivered record profits through successful streamlining of manufacturing operations and effective cost controls.

Dave earned a Master in Business Administration from Babson College and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Connecticut College. Additional professional development includes Six Sigma Green Belt certification and selection for the Executive Leadership curriculum at Ford Motor Company's Fuqua Business School for high potential executives. When not working, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife of 32 years and their four children; whom he credits as a constant and integral source of his success both in and outside of his corporate career. He also enjoys long distance bicycling, classic hot rods of yesteryear and active participation in local Cobra Club automotive events.

  • He brings a passion for building winning teams and mentoring key talent developed throughout his extensive international and domestic Corporate and start up careers.
  • He spent the majority of his career in leadership positions at Ford Motor Company including President, Southeast Asia & Japan and Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Service - Asia Pacific & Africa. He also led the start up of CHEP Automotive Solutions commercial efforts in the Americas.
  • Dave presently serves on the Board of Directors for Enviro Board and MPI International LLC, a holding of Monomoy Capital Partners.
  • While not working Dave enjoys golf, long distance biking and classic hot rods