2016 Commencement Speaker: Dave Habiger ’91
St. Norbert College welcomes back alum Dave Habiger, whose remarkable career in entertainment technology has done much to shape how we all live today.
Dave is currently CEO at Textura, as well as a senior advisor at Silver Lake Partners and a venture partner with the Pritzker Group. He began his career as a founder of Providence Productions, a media production company. He later began working with the founding members of Sonic Solutions playing an important role in the companies IPO.
As CEO of Sonic Solutions, Dave partnered with the Hollywood studios to help move the industry from DVD distribution to Internet delivery of movies and TV shows. Sonic established a leadership position as one of the largest global providers of premium movies and TV shows via the web and consumer electronic devices, winning an Emmy for its contributions to the television industry.
In 2011 Dave took over as CEO of NDS, a 6000 person organization providing software for satellite and cable video distribution. NDS was acquired by Cisco shortly after its registration for IPO on the NYSE.
Habiger was one of Corporate Leader Magazine's 40 under 40 business leaders in 2008, and Hollywood Reporter named him one of 2010's Digital Power 50. In 2011 he was chosen as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Dave serves as a director on various public and private company boards. He is a director at the not-for profit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, which brings entrepreneurial training to students in low-income communities. He is also on the Advisory Board of the University of Chicago Center for Entrepreneurship. Dave is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Norbert College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.