Daniel currently serves as senior vice president, business operations and transformation at Smithbucklin, an 100% employee-owned association management and professional services company.
Prior to joining Smithbucklin, Daniel was vice president, business strategy and operations at Ellucian, a private equity-backed software / SaaS company, leading strategic growth programs and operations excellence, and helped Ellucian successfully be acquired by Blackstone and Vista Equity Partners in September 2021.
Prior to his corporate executive roles, Daniel worked in management consulting 20+ years, working with C-suite executives at Fortune 100 companies, non-profits and federal agencies to foster innovation and introduce efficient approaches to strategic planning and operations. Daniel served as head of operations at McKinsey & Company where he built a best-in-class consulting platform to enable smart growth. He has also held leadership positions at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Accenture.
He served on the board of the Common Application, where as interim CIO/COO he helped revitalize the solution which processes five million applications each year for more than 800 member institutions. He was also a winner of Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Consultants award in 2016.
Daniel has a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering from University of Virginia, a M.B.A. from Darden Business School, University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in management information systems from the University of Texas at Austin.