David has led fassforward’s Executive Coaching Practice since 2018. He works with clients on how to improve their leadership, culture, productivity, and life/work balance. David coaches primarily C-Suite and EVP clients, and has driven significant growth in fassforward's coaching practice. He is also focused on fassforward's business development, finance and people functions.
Prior to joining the fassforward team, David spent 20 years on Wall Street. He started his career at IBM, in business marketing, focused on the Olympic sponsorship program both for the Atlanta and Nagano Olympic games. He then worked at Morgan Stanley for 9 years in Institutional Equity Derivatives where he managed Hedge Fund Sales Trading. David was also a leader in the firm’s recruiting program, taught in the training program, and was a significant contributor to the growth of the firm’s derivatives platform for hedge fund clients. In 2008, David joined New Mountain Capital to launch a risk management strategy and start a trading desk for the firm’s hedge fund with assets of approximately $1 billion. In 2010, he was promoted to Portfolio Manager, co-managing the hedge fund, which had grown to over $2 billion in assets. David received his A.B., magna cum laude from Princeton University.
David and his wife Carolyn had 4 children in 4 years (with twins in the middle!)
"My Executive Coach, David Frost, has been impactful in my professional growth. In addition to helping me understand where I have strengths and opportunities, he has provided practical tools to assist in putting feedback into action."
"fassforward combines a tangible leadership framework with skilled generalist and specialty coaches. They were able to identify my career blockers and find pragmatic, actionable solutions to address them in a way that felt tailored to me."
"Really enjoyed working with Dave who truly personalizes the approach to coaching while offering proven and effective tips and tools to help reach your goals! Definitely recommend fassforward coaching as part of your personal development investment."
"Dave’s coaching has been instrumental in my development and maturity as an executive. We started with a thorough assessment, that included a 360, and then met weekly. Dave provided candid feedback and identified ways for me to better leverage my strengths. Since working with Dave, I have improved my communication with my peers and been able to positively influence key business decisions. I wouldn’t be where I am today without his coaching."
"Inspiring, impactful, energizing. What an experience it has been! Dave pulls from his own significant executive experience and unique skills to provide valuable insights and strategies to help you grow as a leader. He brings honesty, transparency, and wisdom to every conversation. A thoughtful listener and an authentic partner, I am grateful for all he has done to help me on my leadership journey."
"Throughout my career, I've been fortunate to learn from a handful of key business leaders, but Dave Frost acted as such a valuable sounding board and advisor as my executive coach. He applied a measured, trusted and insightful approach, enabling me to self-reflect and leverage practical frameworks to fine tune my approach to team leadership and collaboration across complex enterprise environments. Given the speed at which we all operate, I certainly recommend Dave and fassforward as a worthwhile investment for executives to hone their craft and identify opportunities for longer-term impact."