David MacNaughton became Canadian President of Palantir Technologies, a data analytics and software firm based in Palo Alto, in September 2019. Prior to this appointment, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United States for three and a half years. In his capacity as Ambassador, David was a key member of the Canadian team that renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement. He travelled extensively in the United States and Canada, building support for Canada’s position in the negotiations and seeking input from Canadian Premiers and business and labour leaders across Canada.
David has had a long and successful career as an entrepreneur in the private sector in Canada, having built an international consulting company. He has also served at a senior level in both federal and provincial governments, and spent several years as an advisor to one of Canada’s leading investment banks. He has served on Boards of both private companies and not-for-profit organizations over the years.