Director, Acorn Technologies, HeartStories, Prista Corp, Pratter, Inc.
Dennis Cagan is a recognized authority in the high-technology industry. He is a respected CEO, entrepreneur, professional board member, venture investor, mentor, consultant, and Shadow CEOâ¢. His career spans 47 years of founding and leading a wide variety of information technology, systems, software, services, distribution, and Internet firms. Dennis has been on 52 corporate boards. He has authored a number of articles on the dynamics of private and early-stage company boards of directors, many of which have been featured in Directors & Boards. He has done business in dozens of countries and has an impressive track record of both start-up and turnaround situations. He has founded over a dozen enterprises, and has participated in taking several public. Since 1981 Dennis has delivered his services through his consulting firm Caganco Inc. As a serial interim CEO, in 2011 Dennis served as president, CEO and managing member of a cybersecurity software company; in 2009-2010 as president and CEO of a software-as-a-service financial services firm; in 2006-2008 as CEO and president of a public distance learning company; and from 2000 to present as founder, chairman and CEO of a private technology incubator and venture investment firm. Between 1983-1995 Dennis provided consulting services to numerous technology companies, including AT&T, IBM, General Electric, and Xerox, and other smaller firms. In 1979 he had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the first COMDEX Show in Las Vegas. In 2011 he was inducted into the IT Hall of Fame - Channel Wing, administered by CompTIA. In 2013 he was selected by NACD and the Dallas Business Journal as one of 12 Outstanding Directors in North Texas. Dennis currently serves on five corporate boards: Copper Mobile, Acorn Technologies, Truston, HeartStories and Tavros Technology. He served in the USMC and is active in his church. He lives with his wife Angelia in Carrollton, TX, with their youngest of four daughters.