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Dennis was born in California and attended the University of California at Los Angeles where he majored in Economics. He left UCLA in his junior year, impatient to begin a career. He first enlisted in the USMC to satisfy his country’s service requirement. Upon the end of his military service Dennis embarked on his business career, starting with IBM. Many years later, in 2006, Dennis relocated to Dallas, Texas when he took over as Chairman and CEO of a public company headquartered there.

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GOVERNANCE FORENSICS: a new Caganco practice brief

 

 

MR. CAGAN’S BOARD BIOGRAPHY

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The Board of Directors for a Private Enterprise, by Dennis J. Cagan.

A comprehensive inside look at creating and managing the boards of private companies of all types. What every entrepreneur, private company owner and CEO should know about boards. 

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Writings

The Board of Directors of a Private Enterprise (2017) is considered by many to be the most authoritative perspective available on private company boards and governance issues. In addition to his book, Dennis Cagan has written dozens of articles in numerous publications. A small sample of which are noted below.

Additional Content

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The tone, content, and conduct of this meeting are critical to the level of governance and the ultimate value of having a Board. Yet outside of the board’s inner circle, few people know what typically goes on in one, much less how to organize and effectively conduct a board meeting.

How to have a great board meeting.

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Private companies – this is such a broad category! When looking at their origin, their growth process, and their hoped-for ‘end-game’, there are actually many varieties – just like flowers. There are many different looks, different sizes, different shapes, and certainly different smells.

Private company profiles: One size does not fit all.

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You would think that Dennis Cagan has a lot of board meeting stories, seeing as he has served on 65 corporate boards – and you would be right. Here is one cut from his cover-story article so he could use it in this editor’s note.

They hate me,.. but we like him

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2012 Issue containing "Firing a Director" article.

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2013 Issue containing the article “Firing a Director”.

Company to director: ‘You’re Fired!’

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2012 Issue containing "Firing a Director" article.

A chapter in Mr. Cagan’s book,  The Board of Directors for a Private Enterprise.

Forming a private company’s first fiduciary board: step-by-step

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2012 Issue containing "Firing a Director" article.

Cover of Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2012 issue containing “Finding directors” article.

Finding directors for the smaller and early-stage company

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2012 Issue containing "Firing a Director" article.

Article: ‘A primer: the ins and outs of board meetings for the small and private company.”

A Primer: the ins and outs of board meetings for the small and private company

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2012 Issue containing "Firing a Director" article.

A white paper on the new paradigm for the man-machine interface.

The Last Inch

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2012 Issue containing "Firing a Director" article.

Dennis Cagan was honored as an Outstanding Director for 2013 by the Dallas Business Journal and NACD.

Dallas Business Journal Outstanding Directors

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2012 Issue containing "Firing a Director" article.

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q4 2012 Issue containing “The ABCs of forming an Advisory Board” article.

The ABCs of forming an advisory board.

Cover of the Directors&Boards Magazine Q2 2012 Issue containing "Firing a Director" article.

Article: “Questions: what to ask a prospective board member, and which you are most likely to be asked by them.” Scheduled to be published in Directors&Boards Magazine in Q1 2014.

Questions: what to ask a prospective board member, and which you are most likely to be asked by them.