|Edward Walter Conard|
|Born||estimated 1957 (age 55–56)|
|Residence||New York, New York|
|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. He is a former Managing Director for Bain Capital, LLC - having held this position from 1993 until 2007. He headed Bain’s New York office from 2000 onward. Previously, Mr. Conard was a Director at Wasserstein Perella from 1990 to 1992.
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.
Prior to business school, he worked as a product and manufacturing engineer in the automobile industry. 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 one 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. The contribution followed campaign donation laws. He came forward to quell the controversy that arose.
- Conard, Ed (June 2012). Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy is Wrong. New York: Portfolio. ISBN 1591845505. LCCN 2012006013..
- "WEDDINGS; Jill Davis, Edward Conard". New York Times. May 14, 2000. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- "Edward Conard, Retired from Bain Capital". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- Conard, Edward. "Visiting Scholar Profile". American Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- "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"
- "About Us". Bain Capital. Retrieved 2012-05-09.[not in citation given]
- "Edward Conard Profile - Forbes.com". Forbes.com. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
- "Zeitgeist 2012". Google. Google. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- "Company Overview of Bain Capital, LLC". Bloomberg Businessweek. Capital Markets. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- "WAT Insider Trades for Waters Corp.". MarketWatch. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-05-09.[not in citation given]
- "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."
- Seper, Jerry (August 7, 2011). "$1 million Romney donor steps forward. Denies intent to sidestep law.". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
- 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.
- "The Purpose of Spectacular Wealth, According to a Spectacularly Wealthy Guy". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- 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.