David Bergen Levi
David Bergen, a senior information technology (IT) leader and former global Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Levi Strauss & Co. and Duty Free Shoppers, also served as Vice President of Global Application Development at The Gap, Inc. Through these and other key positions, he honed his business acumen in consumer products and domestic and international supply chains, as well as his technology background and leadership skills. At Levi Strauss, David Bergen streamlined the complex and challenging process of efficiently placing the company’s Signature jeans line in more than 3,400 Wal-Mart stores.
In his eight years as a Levi Strauss executive, David Bergen transformed the firm’s IT function from a regional to a global organization, implementing new e-commerce capabilities and a new worldwide retail platform. Leading a staff of more than 500 in 25 locations around the world, he reduced the IT budget from $160 million to $120 million. Other accomplishments during David Bergen’s tenure at Levi Strauss include developing a data warehouse strategy, establishing IT performance and executive dashboards, and implementing new distribution channels for mass merchandising. In addition, David Bergen acted as an executive team member for a major Levi Strauss business unit, assessing acquisitions and mergers and leading the strategy and execution of its separation.
Subsequent to his position at Levi Strauss, David Bergen became a Managing Director for Alvarez & Marsal in San Francisco, where his duties include aiding the Blue Shield of California and Pacific Gas and Electric in improving IT processes and organizational capabilities. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., David Bergen served as Director of Application Development and Project Manager at Esprit de Corps Inc. and System Engineer and Project Manager at Electronic Data Systems.
For his work at Levi Strauss and other firms utilizing his CIO expertise, Computerworld and Consumer Product Magazine named David Bergen to the Premier 100 CIOs list. A former member of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association and the National Retail Federation Board, he acted as Vice Chairman and keynote speaker at the Bay Area CIO Forum. Drawing on his experience at Levi Strauss and other Fortune 500 firms, David Bergen also addressed the CIO Leadership program at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.