Dave Burger

Managing Director
Specialty Chemicals Sector Leader


Dave joined Akoya Capital in 2016. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the chemical industry.

Dave was formerly CEO of Edge Adhesives, where under his leadership the company went from a break-even business to a profitable company that tripled its sales in three years due to a combination of strong organic growth and the acquisition of three strategic businesses.  Dave continues to serve on the board of Edge Adhesives, which is a portfolio company of Akoya.

Before coming to Edge Adhesives in 2011, Dave was President of NorthStar Chemicals, a subsidiary of 3M that manufactures pressurized canister systems for the delivery of liquid adhesive, coating and other chemical products.

Prior to NorthStar, Dave worked for the 3M parent company for 25 years in numerous sales, marketing, technical, international and general management roles in the Industrial Adhesives & Tapes and Memory Technologies Divisions.

Dave has served on the board of the Adhesives and Sealants Council for 9 years and was ASC Board Chair in 2007 and 2008.

Dave received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Sector-Related Experience

  • Edge Adhesives, Inc., Chief Executive Officer
  • NorthStar Chemicals, Inc., President
  • 3M, Multiple roles within the Industrial Adhesives & Tapes and Memory Technologies Divisions

Portfolio Company Board Participation

  • Adherex Packaging, formerly known as Primetac
  • Edge Adhesives, Inc.