Kevin McGovern, (AB ’70 Cornell University, JD St. Johns University School of Law) is the Chairman of The Water Initiative. Mr. McGovern has founded over fifteen companies, six of which have become world/category leaders, McGovern has also been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty-five (25) global joint ventures; As Chairman of McGovern Capital, a global investment, strategy and licensing provider to global businesses, he is also affiliated with McGovern & Associates, a corporate law firm specializing in both technology and intellectual property.

McGovern Capital was one of three owners of KX Industries, L.P., the largest manufacturer and worldwide source of carbon air and water purification filters. KXI holds over 60 issued patents and has created and supplied the initial “end of the tap” filters ($US 500 million market) for both Procter and Gamble under the “PUR” brand and Clorox under the “Brita” brand. In 1996, KX Industries invented and supplied the first refrigerator water filters – currently a $US 300 million market.


Mr. McGovern is also renowned for his nanotechnology involvement, serving as co-chairman of Angstrom Publishing LLC. Angstrom Publishing LLC and Forbes Magazine co-publish a global monthly Nanotechnology newsletter, entitled The Forbes/Wolfe NanoTech Report.

Mr. McGovern has served on Cornell’s Board of Trustees since 2001 and serves as Co-Chairman of Cornell’s Technology/IP Committee. Mr. McGovern was named the Cornell “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2007 and was recently given St. John’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” in 2010.