Interim Executive Assignments

Since 1987 Dennis Cagan has taken a number of interim or temporary C-level Executive assignments. Often already sitting on the company’s board of directors, he has been called on in emergencies or opportunities to step into active senior management as a C-level executive.

Past interim positions include CEO, COO, President, and Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Strategy (CSO), and even once as head of Human Resources.

These assignments have lasted for as little as ninety days (Message Media, a public company controlled by SoftBank, as CEO transitioning to Chief Strategy Officer), and for as long as four years (Century Computer Marketing, SVP Sales & Marketing). At the end of most assignments, Dennis remained on the board.

Examples of situations requiring Dennis have included substantial insolvency and imminent bankruptcy (TWL Corporation: TWLO.OB), a desire to sell a profitable company for substantially more than the current market value (Century Computer Marketing), the necessity of integrating several acquisitions into a public company (StarPress), an underperforming President and the desire to relocate the company and integrate two acquisitions (Message Media), the desire for the company to enter new and larger markets (Design1), and the need to rapidly scale a newly formed company after a large capital infusion (

All of Dennis’ interim executive assignments have resulted directly from referrals within his extensive international network of contacts. One example of his depth of contacts is the fact that his LinkedIn profile was the 10,000th (out of over 740 million current users), dating to July, 2003.


SHADOW CEO® (1983-Present)

Since 1983 Dennis has consulted in Shadow CEO roles, sat on boards of directors, and taken on periodic interim CEO positions. Dennis continues to provide clients with management consulting and mentoring through Caganco Incorporated, in the form of his four signature roles: Shadow CEO®, Board Practice (formation and management of corporate boards of directors), Governance Forensics practice, and interim CEO situations. Since 1983 Caganco has helped at least 100 CEOs. Clients have ranged from $2B enterprises down to ‘back-of-the-napkin’ start-ups.

Outstanding Directors Award (2013)

Dennis Cagan was honored by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Dallas Business Journal as one of the inaugural class of 12 Outstanding Directors in North Texas.


IT Hall of Fame (2011)

Dennis Cagan was inducted into the IT Hall of Fame – Channel Section (administered by CompTIA). He was honored for being the Treasurer, and on the founding team of the CompTIA A+ Certification Program, one of the most successful trade licensing programs in the computer industry. To date, A+ has certified millions of personal computer technicians globally. The program is said to generate over $50M in annual royalties to CompTIA.