Professional summary

Chairman of the Board | Shadow CEO® | Tech Entrepreneur | Director | Governance Expert | Author

Mr. Cagan consults through Caganco Incorporated, specializing in supporting CEOs and company owners in his Trademarked role as Shadow CEO®, and helping private companies take advantage of best-of-class boards of directors while protecting the founder's equity.

Mr. Cagan is the author of the definitive book 'The Board of Directors of a Private Enterprise' - (2017).

He is a successful tech entrepreneur, co-founding his first software company in 1968, followed by over a dozen others. He has been a CEO (and interim-CEO), investor, and board member (66 boards).

* In 1979 Dennis Keynoted the first COMDEX Show, in Las Vegas.

Engagement overview

Caganco Incorporated has been providing C-level and board consulting since 1983. Services focus primarily on helping privately held companies, usually technology-based, develop a high-level of corporate governance policies and processes. This usually involves identifying and recruiting directors that fit specific strategic and operational needs. Individually these directors are exceptionally accomplished and generally well known in their fields.


For over fifty years Dennis Cagan has worked with hundreds of company owners and CEO's (from back-of-the-napkin start-ups to $2 billion in annual revenue), guiding them and working with them hand-in-hand to expand their skills and performance in areas where they lack direct experience. In over 90 percent of these engagements, he has also led his clients’ efforts to form or upgrade fiduciary and advisory boards. In well over one hundred engagements he has exhibited profound knowledge of governance, and the highest standards of ethics, morals, and behavior. The objective is always to serve the client in a way that supports and accelerates the success, growth, and profitability of their enterprises.