BACK TO ARTICLES Mr. Dickson has held executive-level positions in companies from Fortune 50 to start-ups and in industries from consumer products to enterprise software. He began his career at General Electric Company, where he held strategic and operating roles on corporate staff and in the company’s $1 billion consumer electronics division. He left GE to join an early-stage company in real-time networked retail distribution, where he was a key player in the company’s IPO. Mr. Dickson then assumed the role of COO for Pine Company, a privately held market research and data management company in Santa Monica, CA, where he repositioned the company as an early player in the customer relationship management (CRM) space. This led to an offer from Draper, Fisher Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, to serve as President and CEO for one of the fund’s portfolio companies. Mr. Dickson then assumed the position of VP of The Brenner Group, where he led the firm’s interim CEO practice as well as serving as a “parachute CEO” for multiple Silicon Valley-based venture-funded technology companies. These involved firms in the data warehousing, software development, document management, and medical industries, including Armus Corporation, which focused on clinical outcomes for small- and large-scale healthcare providers, and Vital Transport, Inc., which developed an end-to-end system for organ transplant tracking and delivery. In 2003, Mr. Dickson returned to the East Coast, where he was recruited by Palo Alto Investors to take over as President and CEO of Best Cellars, Inc., an innovative wine retailer with locations from Massachusetts to Texas. During his tenure, the company doubled its sales and created a significant internet business. This led to the company’s acquisition by the $9 billion publicly traded A&P grocery chain in 2007. More recently, Mr. Dickson has held executive, consulting, and board positions in the wine industry and currently maintains an independent consulting practice focusing on strategic analysis and M&A activities across multiple industries. Mr. Dickson holds a B.S. degree in Marketing and Journalism from Boston University and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Skip to content