Kevin McGovern, (AB ’70 Cornell University, JD St. Johns University School of Law) is the Chairman of The Water Initiative(R). Mr. McGovern has founded over fifteen companies, seven (7) of which have become world/category leaders including SoBe Beverages and Tristrata (AHA Skincare technology). McGovern has also been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty-five (25) global joint ventures; As Chairman of McGovern Capital, a global investment, strategy and licensing provider to global businesses, he is also affiliated with McGovern & Associates, a corporate law firm specializing in both technology and intellectual property. McGovern Capital was one of three owners of KX Industries, L.P., the largest manufacturer and worldwide source of carbon air and water purification filters. KXI holds over 60 issued patents and has created and supplied the initial “end of the tap” filters ($US 500 million market) for both Procter and Gamble under the “PUR” brand and Clorox under the “Brita” brand. In 1996, KX Industries invented and supplied the first refrigerator water filters – currently a $US 300 million market.
McGovern was a founder of SoBe Beverages, which was the US’s fastest growing beverage company growing to $250mm in sales in less than 4 years and established the “new age”/nutraceutical beverage category. SoBe was sold to PepsiCo.
Mr. McGovern is also renowned for his nanotechnology involvement, serving as co-chairman of Angstrom Publishing LLC. Angstrom Publishing LLC and Forbes Magazine co-publish a global monthly Nanotechnology newsletter, entitled The Forbes/Wolfe NanoTech Report.
Mr. McGovern has served on Cornell’s Board of Trustees since 2001 and serves as Co-Chairman of Cornell’s Technology/IP Committee. Mr. McGovern was named the Cornell “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2007, was recently given St. John’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” in 2010 and in 2011 was awarded The East West Institute’s “Game Changer Award”.