Dave Duffield, Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Dave Duffield is Workday's co-founder, co-CEO and chief customer advocate. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors. Dave drives the company's strong commitment to its core values, which include employees, customer service, innovation, integrity and fun.
Dave is an accomplished executive and visionary in the business management, public sector and higher education software industries. Prior to Workday, Dave founded PeopleSoft in 1987 and served as the company's CEO and board chairman. PeopleSoft grew to be the world's second-largest ERP application software company before being acquired in 2005. Other companies Dave launched include Integral Systems, Business Software and Information Associates.
Dave received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from Cornell University, and he and his family are the benefactors behind Duffield Hall, a nanoscale science and engineering facility at Cornell. They also support a companion animal welfare foundation, Maddie's Fund, which devotes its resources to helping create a no-kill nation.
The Value of Values at Workday
Folks at Workday have been thinking a lot lately about the secrets to high-performing organizations, mostly because of the successes of our own high-performing customers.
The Power of One
I've obviously been to many customer conferences, and still, year after year, the Workday Rising conference amazes me with the positive mood that prevails when our customers, partners, employees, and even some prospective customers gather together.
Innovation Through the Generations
I've been looking for opportunities to innovate for more than 40 years, having always been captivated by each new generation of technology and the gains it can bring to business—from the mainframe through client-server and now to SaaS and the Cloud. I've founded five companies in my career, and it's no secret that Workday is likely my last—and it also feels like the best. For one simple reason: We're clearly saving our customers time and money.