Dave Rust

Dave Rust

Chief Financial Officer

No matter where Dave Rust goes, he’s on a mission to make things better. He has a unique combination of financial expertise, big-picture thinking, morale-building communication skills, and a well-timed sense of humor.

Since joining Salo in March 2016, Dave has continually been at the forefront of positive change in the organization—from building an FP&A team and revolutionizing Salo’s budget and planning processes to playing a key role in strategic planning and DEI initiatives. While some CFOs are thought of as gatekeepers, Dave is the opposite. He has an uncanny ability to ask questions that prompt people to expand their perspectives, have deeper discussions, and generate the ideas that lead to real progress.

Prior to Salo, Dave worked for more than 11 years at Delta Air Lines in areas including IT, FP&A, and corporate development. Prior to that, he worked in the financial services industry with RBC, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo.

Outside of Salo, Dave brings the same skill set and energy to his work in the community. In addition to championing Salo’s community focus, he works with The Sanneh Foundation (which provides in-school and after-school support to at-risk youth to unite communities by advancing DEI and community well-being), Financial Executives International (FEI), and as a board member and youth hockey coach with the St. Paul Capitals. In each of his community roles, he provides inspiration and expertise to the organization to staff and program participants alike.

Dave holds an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. from St. John’s University, and is a chartered financial analyst (CFA). Dave lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife and three sons.

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Salo is now part of Korn Ferry

Salo connects senior finance, accounting, and HR professionals with organizations that need their expertise. Joining Korn Ferry’s Interim Executive & Professional practice enables us to continue our twofold, people-focused approach: connecting people with meaningful careers where they can make a positive impact and offering innovative and customized business solutions for clients looking to tackle big challenges. Together with Korn Ferry, we are committed to putting people first, to build a world that works better together.

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Explore meaningful careers

Salo specializes in connecting finance, accounting, and HR experts with meaningful work. We know that being empowered to pursue work that matters means endless career possibilities. Therefore, we find roles tailored to your interests and goals, whether you want to advance your career, mentor and lead teams, innovate and collaborate with new partners, or work with clients of all sizes across industries. Find out how we can be your career partners.

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Solve business needs

Combining Korn Ferry’s global reach with Salo’s customized client approach means we’re able to deliver world-class service to organizations of all sizes and in all industries. Because our people have functional backgrounds in finance, accounting, and HR, we have a holistic understanding of your business needs and challenges. Our pool of executive and professional talent is uniquely motivated to do the best work they can. No matter your business talent need, we are your trusted partner.

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