Richard E. Cavanagh, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and the school’s Executive Dean from 1987-1995, returned to the faculty after serving as CEO of The Conference Board for 12 years. Earlier, he was a partner of McKinsey and Company, Inc., where he coauthored the bestselling management book, The Winning Performance, published in 13 national editions. He also held Presidential appointments in the Carter Administration’s Office of Management & Budget. Cavanagh serves on corporate and nonprofit boards, and was the Chairman of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). His teaching interests center on entrepreneurship and corporate governance. He was present at the creation of Ashoka and Echoing Green, and has been a director/investor in four commercial startups. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Outside Professional Activities For Richard Cavanagh
Outside Professional Activities:
For profit (paid service):
BlackRock Mutual Funds, Non-executive Chairman and Member, Board of Directors, 1994-present
Fremont Group LLC, Senior Advisor and Member, Board of Directors, 1996-present
Guardian Life Insurance, Member, Board of Directors, 1998-present
Livelyhood Inc. (dba cove), Investor and Member, Board of Directors, 2014-present
Non-profits (no compensation):
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member, Development Committee; Member, Election Committee 1998-present
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Overseer, 2010-present
Echoing Green, Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors, 2010-present
Volunteers of America, Member, National Board of Directors, 2009-present
Wesleyan University, Trustee Emeritus, 1988-2000 (active)