Dennis Cagan, a noted high-tech entrepreneur, executive, and board director, has founded or co-founded more than a dozen companies and served as CEO of both public and private companies. The venture capitalist, private investor, author, and consultant, is a long-time board member of some 67 corporate fiduciary boards.
A recognized authority on corporate governance, boards of directors, entrepreneurship, information technology in the disciplines of governance, strategy, distribution channels, sales/marketing, and services, Cagan founded his first software company in 1968. His fifth company, the David Jamison Carlyle Corp. launched in 1976, became one of the country’s earliest and largest distributors of computer peripherals. The company was listed in Inc. Magazine’s first Inc. 100 listing at No. 32 and went public (DJCC: NASDAQ) in 1981.
Cagan, who is listed in the IT Hall of Fame, published “The Board of Directors of a Private Enterprise” in 2017. The book is considered by many to be the most authoritative perspective available on private company boards and governance issues.
Today, Cagan is primarily engaged in management consulting, providing his trademarked Shadow CEO® services private company owners and CEOs.