Richard (Dick) Cavanagh "is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board, Inc., the global research and business membership group. The Conference Board, which connects some 2,000 enterprises in sixty nations, is the most widely-cited private source of business intelligence. Dick joined The Conference Board in November 1995 after serving as Executive Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for eight years. Earlier he spent fifteen years with McKinsey & Company, Inc., the international management consulting firm. He led McKinsey’s efforts to reorganize the nation’s bankrupt railroads into Conrail – at the time the largest industrial reorganization in history. From 1977 to 1979, Dick held senior posts at the White House Office of Management & Budget where he led a government-wide effort to improve cash management that saved $12 billion. He also directed the President's Reorganization Project for domestic programs. He is the co-author (with Donald K. Clifford. Jr.) of The Winning Performance – How America’s High-Growth Midsize Companies Succeed, a best-selling book published in thirteen national editions. He received his BA from Wesleyan University (where he is a Trustee Emeritus) and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. " 
- Advisory Board, Echoing Green Foundation
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