Daniel O' Connor
Executive in Residence, Managing the Future of Work, Harvard Business School

Daniel O’ Connor

Dan O’Connor is a recognized thought leader, advisor, and educator working with the world’s most innovative brands, retailers, and digital platform companies. 

Dan is an entrepreneur who has founded and scaled multiple businesses. Most recently, he has partnered in the Future Commerce Initiative LLC (FCI), where he teaches large-scale retailers/consumer products companies to re-skilling their most experienced leaders. Prior to his time in the Managing the Future of Work initiative, Dan founded RetailNet Group (RNG), an advisory and insights firm that works with leading retailers and consumer brands worldwide. (RNG was sold to Ascential Insight, PLC in 2015)

Dan’s board/governance experience has extended over 20 years with companies such as Daymon Worldwide (now Bain Capital investment), publicly traded firms such as Coinstar (Redbox), DemandWare (NYSE and now Salesforce), as well Premier Retail Networks, a division of Thomson (NYSE).  

Earlier in his career, Dan founded MVI/Kantar Retail, a syndicated research firm that followed the world’s largest retailers. He sold this company to WPP Group in 2001.