Richard (Dick) Szafranski is a private advisor to the chief executives of new ventures. He currently serves as an independent Trustee on the Board of Trustees for Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC). He is also an independent director for a privately-held venture: Virtual Software Systems. Inc.—a Cybersecurity software firm that has pioneered a software-defined secure computer. He was formerly the managing partner and senior fellow in a multi-million dollar DC-area strategic consulting firm from its inception in 1996 until his retirement in 2012.
An experienced leader, executive, and independent corporate Director for publicly-traded corporations, he served as an independent Director on the Board of Directors for SBS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ), an embedded computer company, from 2003 until its acquisition by General Electric, chairing the Management Development and Compensation Committee and also serving on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. He also served as an independent Director on the Board of Directors for the Ceridian Corporation (NYSE), a business services and benefits company, from 2006 until taking the company from a publicly-traded company to a privately-held one. He also has served on the boards of several other privately-held companies.
His extensive consulting portfolio includes working with CEOs, Presidents, COOs, and senior executives in global aviation, defense, aerospace, manufacturing, and telecommunications. His clients included Fortune 30 firms, the top five US aerospace and defense firms, senior Government agency directors in the US and abroad, information technology and computer network and solutions providers, space systems manufacturers, the largest communications companies in the US and Mexico, and the world’s largest brewer. Dick has advised clients in Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
He has an MA in Human Resources Management from Central Michigan University and has completed executive education at the Harvard Business School, the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith Director’s Institute, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 he was designated as a “Board Leadership Fellow” by the US National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) for his proven continuous commitment to excellence in corporate governance.
He and his wife, the former Edith Cavender, have been married for 47 years and have two daughters and three grandsons. They reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.