Edward Conard

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Edward Walter Conard
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Born estimated 1957 (age 56–57)
Residence New York, New York
Alma mater
B.S.E. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • M.B.A. 1982 Harvard Business School
self - independent director
Spouse(s) Jill A. Davis (m. May 13, 2000)
Parents Barbara and Henry Conard of West Bloomfield, Mich.

Edward W. "Ed" Conard is an American businessman, bestselling author and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.[3] He is a former Managing Director for Bain Capital, LLC[4] - having held this position from 1993 until 2007.[5] He headed Bain’s New York office from 2000 onward. Previously, Mr. Conard was a Director at Wasserstein Perella from 1990 to 1992.[6]

In 2012, Edward Conard published Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong, which was a bestseller on the New York Times bestseller list. Google's end-of-year "Zeitgeist" report ranked Edward Conard the tenth most searched for author on Google in 2012.[7]


Edward Conard earned a B.S.E. in Operations Research from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A., with distinction, from Harvard Business School.[8][9][10]

Prior to business school, he worked as a product and manufacturing engineer in the automobile industry.[8] He started his career at Bain & Company,[clarification needed] where he headed the management consulting firm's operations practice area. He managed client relationships in the industrial manufacturing and consumer goods industries.

Conard made a US$1 million U.S. dollar contribution to the super PAC promoting Mitt Romney's candidacy in the U.S. Presidential Election 2012 through W Spann LLC, a shell corporation that rendered him anonymous. He came forward to quell the controversy that arose.[11][12]

Edward Conard is married to Jill Davis. He selected Ms. Davis to be his wife after applying a mathematical formula to his search for a suitable spouse.[13]



  1. ^ "WEDDINGS; Jill Davis, Edward Conard". New York Times. May 14, 2000. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Edward Conard, Retired from Bain Capital". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  3. ^ Conard, Edward. "Visiting Scholar Profile". American Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bain Capital, Inc. - Officers and Management" (PDF). New York: Leadership Directories. July 19, 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-09. "Managing Director Edward Conard 745 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10151 Education: Michigan BSE; Harvard MBA" 
  5. ^ "About Us". Bain Capital. Retrieved 2012-05-09. [not in citation given]
  6. ^ "Edward Conard Profile - Forbes.com". Forbes.com. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Zeitgeist 2012". Google. Google. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Company Overview of Bain Capital, LLC". Bloomberg Businessweek. Capital Markets. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  9. ^ "WAT Insider Trades for Waters Corp.". MarketWatch. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-05-09. [not in citation given]
  10. ^ "Giving to HBS - Recent Fellowships". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 2012-05-09. "The Edward W. Conard Fellowship was established through the generosity of Edward W. Conard, MBA 1982 in honor of his 25th Reunion. Mr. Conard is currently a managing director at Bain Capital. Prior to this position, he was a director of Wasserstein Perella, where he headed the firm's Transaction Development Group and a vice president at Bain & Company, where he headed the firm's operations practice and managed major client relationships in the industrial manufacturing and consumer goods industries. Mr. Conard holds a BSE in Operations Research from the University of Michigan. This fund is to be awarded to deserving MBA students from the United States with a background or interest in math, Management Information Systems, or engineering." 
  11. ^ Seper, Jerry (August 7, 2011). "$1 million Romney donor steps forward. Denies intent to sidestep law.". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  12. ^ Hooker, Brad (September 13, 2011). "Men Linked to Corporate Donations to Pro-Romney Super PAC Have Long History of Donating to Romney". opensecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  13. ^ "The Purpose of Spectacular Wealth, According to a Spectacularly Wealthy Guy". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  14. ^ May 2, 2012 4 Comments (2012-05-02). "UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES — Why Everything You've Been Told About The Economy Is Wrong". Edwardconard.com. Retrieved 2012-05-10.