Kevin McGovern is the Chairman of The Water InitiativeÂ®, which co-creates customized and sustainable drinking water solutions through innovative partnerships with municipalities, business and local microentrepreneurs in developing and developed countries. The Water Initiative is the first company in the world to be chosen by municipalities to install point-of-drinking devices in lieu of central treatment plants and is a recipient of the Artemis Award as a global leader in advanced water technology.
Mr. McGovern has founded over fifteen companies, seven of which have become world/category leaders, has been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty-five (25) global joint ventures and serves as Chairman of McGovern Capital, an investment, strategy and licensing provider to global businesses. He was a founder of SoBe Beverages, the fastest growing beverage company ever in the US (sold to Pepsi), and 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, having invented and supplied PUR to P&G, first end-of-tap filter to Brita, and the first refrigerator water filter to Electrolux. He also created the program and supervised all licensing of Tristrataâ€™s alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) patents, which technology was incorporated in approximately 40% of all global skin care products. He serves/served on many public and private boards including The Sports Authority (Exec. Committee â€“ NYSE).
Mr. McGovern is also known for his nanotechnology involvement, serving as co-chairman of Angstrom Publishing LLC, which together with Forbes Magazine publishes a global monthly Nanotechnology newsletter currently entitled The Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report.
Mr. McGovern is a Trustee Emeritus and a Presidential Councilor (highest honor to alumnus) of Cornell University. Mr. McGovern was named the Cornell “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2007, was recently given St. John’s University School of Lawâ€™s “Distinguished Alumni Award” in 2010 and in 2011 was awarded The East West Institute’s “Global Game Changer Award”. He also served on the Advisory Board to the US Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai (2010) and is Co-Chairman of the Silver Shield Foundation, providing assistance to families of policemen and firemen who die in the line of duty in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.