On 29th March, Mach49 named David Charpie as Co-CEO alongside Founder and CEO Linda Yates. Charpie extends his 30 years of leadership experience with global multinationals, venture-backed startups, joint ventures, and Global 1000-generated internal startups to further expand Mach49’s team and support client momentum as an increasing number of corporations seek institutional growth at scale.
Charpie was one of Mach49’s original team members and has helped usher the company through massive growth since 2014. Partnering with client teams across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, Charpie has led countless incubations for companies like Hitachi, Hines, TDK, Schneider Electric, SGS, and more — launching successful businesses that disrupt existing markets and create new ones to drive meaningful growth.
Charpie has also been named Chief People Officer of Mach49’s newly established Office of People and Belonging.
Mach49’s Belonging initiative celebrates the authenticity and inclusion of team members from all backgrounds and experiences. Charpie wears multiple hats at Mach49: in addition to his new Co-CEO role, he is also EVP and Co-Head of Venture Building, Mach49 Board Member, and Managing Director of Mach49’s Boston office.
“David has been a part of Mach49 since the earliest days, and his experience and vision have made our business what it is today,” Yates commented. “For the last nine years, David has shared his unique skills in the creation of disruptive businesses and the development of entrepreneurial cultures inside of large companies. As Co-CEO, Charpie will join me to extend Mach49’s ability to build client capability — not dependency — institutionalizing their growth opportunities for decades to come.”
Yates continued: “David has been instrumental in building the best teams to ideate, incubate, accelerate, and scale new ventures. In his new role overseeing the Office of People and Belonging, he will put his extraordinary talent towards developing the next generation of leaders who will help create businesses that will change the world.”
“From my first Mach49 project, I knew I had found a group of kindred spirits,” explained Charpie. “I’ve always loved building startups inside big companies because the experience of entrepreneurship changes people. At Mach49, I can bring that life-changing experience to people at scale. We now have the capability to dramatically expand the portfolio of services that we can offer, ensuring well-rounded growth initiatives and support for the entrepreneurs who are in charge of them.”
Before joining Mach49, Charpie led startups for SAP, Partners Healthcare, Dun & Bradstreet, and Healthcare Market Research — a joint venture between CVS and Pfizer. He has designed and launched several first-of-their-kind solutions, including the precursor to the UN / SPSC commodity coding system — the international standard for trade. At D&B, he founded a supplier information venture that ultimately became the company’s third-largest business unit, with revenues exceeding $100M. As Global VP of Intrapreneurship for SAP, Charpie started Supplier InfoNet, a Cloud supplier risk management business that helped SAP become the front-runner in big data pooling and B2B predictive performance content.
Charpie holds a BS and MS in nuclear engineering from MIT and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.