David Takata, 50, is in his fourth season as the President of the Washington Stealth. In 2010, he was named the National Lacrosse League Executive of the Year.
In June 2007, Takata managed the acquisition of the Stealth for its current owners, the Watkins Family, and prior to his active management role has been involved as an advisor since the acquisition. He chairs the Nominating, Governance, & Compensation Committee for the National Lacrosse League. In addition, he is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Engage Capital, Inc., a privately held investment firm providing advisory services to high net worth families. Takata serves on corporate, advisory and philanthropic boards, including the Seattle Sports Commission and Sticks-to-Schools.
Takata chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee, and was a Finance Committee member of Komag Corporation, a leading disk drive company acquired by Western Digital in a $1.25 billion transaction. He joined Komag’s board during the turnaround phase in 2002 through the 2007 sale, during which Komag grew revenue four-fold to $1B annually. During his tenure he managed the search for an independent chairman of the board; participated in the cross-border acquisition of a Taiwanese-owned company operating in Malaysia; and was on the deal teams for two convertible debt offerings raising a total of $350M, and for the sale of the company.
Takata is a two-category Wall Street Journal All-Star technology analyst. In 1995, he raised capital and ultimately co-managed $200 million in three technology unit investment trusts while at Gruntal & Company. Takata was a founding member of Gerard Klauer Mattison’s West Coast expansion, and later served as an advisor to GKM Venture Partners’ $50 million venture capital fund.
Takata graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from California State University, Fresno. In addition, he has participated in numerous ISS-accredited director education and best practice exchanges, including UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, and the NYSE-sponsored West Coast Peer Exchange.
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