Dick Cantwell is vice president and worldwide lead of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Practice. He is a highly strategic leader and creative thinker, with more than 26 years of experience in consumer marketing, advertising, new product development, and business transformation through innovation.
Cantwell's career includes responsibility for profit and loss at two of the world's leading CPG companies: Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson.
Cantwell joined P&G as part of the merger with The Gillette Company in 2005. At Gillette, he directed the company's involvement in RFID after Gillette and P&G co-founded the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. Cantwell was elected chairman of the Auto-ID Center Board of Overseers in 2001. Today, he serves as chairman of the board of governors for EPCglobal, the global industry standards organization responsible for developing EPC (electronic product code) standards and driving EPC adoption.
Cantwell's extensive experience in new product innovation and brand positioning led to numerous new product launches. In 2005, he was named one of the "Top 25 Consumer Product Visionaries" by Consumer Goods Technology for strides taken to improve his company's business through technology. In 2004, Cantwell made Computerworld's list of the "Most Powerful People in Networking," and in 2003, he received the New England Business and Technology Association Award for Innovation.
Cantwell is a graduate of Harvard University, and received his master's degree in business administration from Dartmouth College.