2023 Grand Marshal
Kevin J. Conway
Kevin J.Conway is the Vice Chairman of Clayton, Dublilier & Rice, a global private equity firm known for blending investment skills with operating capabilities to build great businesses. He joined CD&R in 1994 and served as Managing Partner from 2004 to 2016, as well as a member of the Management Committee. Conway is the Chairman of the Investment Committee at CD&R, a position he has held for over twenty years, during which time CD&R has invested approximately $50 billion to acquire over 75 companies with an aggregate transaction value of more than $200 billion. The Firm’s current portfolio employs more than 600,000 people and generates annual revenues of approximately $100 billion. In his 28 years at the firm, Conway has helped build a leading global private equity firm, been active in many of the firm’s organizational initiatives, and worked closely with the chief executive officer on all aspects of CD&R’s operations.
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Before joining CD&R, Conway spent ten years with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was elected a partner. At Goldman, he was a senior member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Department, advising chief executives, boards of directors, founders, families, and public and private companies on a wide variety of transactions. Conway also served as Chief of Staff of the Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division and as global head of Investment Banking Recruiting. Conway holds a joint degree from Columbia University, with an MBA from Columbia Business School and a JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Conway is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he was a joint political science and economics major and was awarded the Densmore Berry Collins prize in Political Science at graduation. While at Amherst, Kevin was captain of the Varsity Wrestling team, a member of the Varsity Lacrosse team, and the student advisor to the Economics Department. Since graduation, Conway has served in many leadership and volunteer roles for Amherst, including as a member of the Presidential Search Committee for Amherst’s 19th President and the Executive Committee of the Lives of Consequence capital campaign, Class President for the Class of 1980, Class Agent, and Reunion leadership, setting fundraising records for their 25th, 30th and 35th reunions.
Conway has been a member of many corporate and charitable Boards. Currently, He is a Trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, America’s oldest grant-making foundation. Carnegie Corporation was organized in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the spread of knowledge and understanding and focuses its grant-making in support of international peace, education, and the strength of our democracy. Conway serves as Vice Chairman, formerly Chair, of the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of Student Sponsor Partners, an organization providing educational opportunities to at-risk inner-city children in New York City that Conway and his family have been involved with for over thirty years. He also serves on the Board of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, a network of six hospitals, three nursing homes, and several community service organizations, and the New York Catholic Foundation, which administers funds for the Archdiocese of New York in pursuit of the religious, charitable, educational, and community services activities of the Archdiocese. Conway is currently co-chair of Access for All, a new scholarship initiative at Chaminade High School, aimed at providing full scholarships for students and families in the most underserved communities on Long Island. Conway was recently honored as a Distinguished Alumnus at Chaminade’s inaugural Legacy of Leadership awards ceremony. Conway and his wife Dee also are long-time supporters of many other charitable and civic causes, including Catholic Charities, Tuesday’s Children, and Adventures in Learning, Little Flower Children’s Services, and many other charities.
Conway, a native New Yorker born in Queens, along with his identical twin brother Brian, is one of five children of James and Dolores (Gilhooly) Conway. His parents were both of Irish descent, and he can track his relatives too numerous locations in Ireland including Drumshanbo in Leitrim, Newmarket in Cork, as well as Meath and Limerick as a result of emigration in the mid-and late- 1800s. Conway’s family tree is filled with the names of the Conway and Gilhooly clans, along with earlier generations dating to the early 1800s with scores of Irish relatives bearing the names of Beechinor, Cannon, Daly, Doran, Farron, Fitzgerald, Halvey, Maher, Magushim, McCarthy, Murtha, and O’Hare.
Kevin Conway is married to Denise (“Dee”) Whalen Conway and they are the proud parents of four children: Jack, Ryan, Matt, and Kate. Jack and his wife Shannon have given Dee and Kevin the blessing of two grandchildren. The Conway’s are members of the parish of Saint Mary’s, Manhasset, and Long Island.
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