David Barnette
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David Barnette

Sector Leader, Communications and Devices, Professional Search

David Barnette joined Korn Ferry in October 2017 to lead the firm's professional search practice for the communications and devices sector, bringing with him over 20 years of experience as a sales, operations and strategy leader in the industry.

Before joining Korn Ferry, he consulted for technology companies, helping them grow by expanding distribution, launching new products and assessing strategic expansion opportunities.

Previously Mr. Barnette was senior vice president of sales at Clearwire, playing an instrumental role in bringing the first 4G network in the US to 53 major markets and leading the firm’s successful transition to prepaid services in 2011, significantly improving the company’s financials prior to the company’s sale to Sprint. He also started the company’s Enterprise Services division, developing wireless backhaul and machine to machine services to help large internet, wireless and video providers cost effectively grow their footprints.

Prior to that, he served in several leadership roles with BellSouth and AT&T, negotiating and developing new partnerships across the company’s consumer, small business and enterprise markets that generated over $250M annually in incremental revenues for the company from 2002-2007.