David Tanner

Boardriders Executives
David Tanner

David Tanner

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Tanner has been Chief Executive Officer of Boardriders, Inc. since February, 2018.   Prior to assuming the CEO role, Mr. Tanner led Oaktree Capital Management’s Portfolio Transformation Team—a group of operating executives that specialize in partnering with portfolio companies to drive performance improvement. Throughout his career, Mr. Tanner has led improvement efforts in over 30 companies globally in the consumer, industrial, healthcare, and technology sectors; including more than a dozen turnaround situations. As part of Oaktree’s investments in both Boardriders and Billabong, Mr. Tanner has worked deeply in the action sports industry since 2013. From 2016-18, he served as Chief Turnaround Officer of Boardriders and led the turnaround of the company. From 2013-2015, he was an advisor to the leadership team at Billabong on the development and execution of their turnaround program.

Prior to joining Oaktree in 2011, Mr. Tanner held a number of senior executive roles at Fortune Brands, Inc. Most recently, he was a Senior Vice President charged with leading the turnaround of Fortune’s then largest portfolio company, Beam Inc. Previously, Mr. Tanner drove M&A activities across Fortune’s portfolio; led their corporate strategy efforts; and managed a range of performance improvement initiatives across Fortune’s portfolio companies.

Prior thereto, he was a member of the Strategy and Corporate Finance practices at McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms on strategy and operational performance improvement efforts. Earlier in his career, he served as a Major and Senior Pilot in the United States Air Force, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Tanner has served on the boards of Boardriders, Agro Merchants Group, Hanley Wood, Coriant, and Rural / Metro.

Mr. Tanner received a B.S. in Operations Research from the United States Air Force Academy and an M.B.A. with Honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.