Cathy Cronin Cranston

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this blog as a tribute to Cathy Cronin Cranston who died last night in NYC after a very brave battle with leukemia.

I first met Cathy in New York City when she was Publisher of Harvard Business Review and I was responsible for the US media budget for The Macallan. She was embarking on a journey – diversifying HBR’s advertising from B-B to include luxury goods and together we brought single malt to the pages of this thought leader publication.

I am forever grateful that this business encounter soon transformed into a broader friendship which only got stronger as we both moved jobs and I returned to London.

Cathy brought equal measures of joy and insight to everything she touched. She had the capacity to make everyone feel special and important. After every meeting, lunch, dinner or cocktail you always felt better and more focused. That was her strength – it was never about her, always about others. I devoted two blog entries to her in 2009 The Woman in 42A and The Birkin is Back.

Her mischievous side was borne out of an intellect which she did not have to wear on her sleeve.

The last time we met was over dinner at an Italian restaurant at St Pancras Station – the venue was almost forgettable but I can recall every syllable as we planned and plotted and joked.

Cathy’s time on earth may have been cut short but her legacy in the form of two amazing children and every idea she sowed will ensure that she is never forgotten.

With thoughts and prayers to Bruce, Meredith, James and all of her family and friends.

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5 thoughts on “Cathy Cronin Cranston

  1. Cathy was fun, brilliant, energetic and dedicated. I will always remember her as a person who operated at the very top of her field and who sought her own way. I am very sorry for her family; she talked about them often.
    Enjoy life and love every moment, for it is passing quickly.
    Love to all.

  2. I remember when I first came to HBR before the recession following 9-11. She was an amazing promoter for the publication. We put together fun dinners in silicon Valley. She said fetching advertisers for HBR then was like ‘shooting fish in a barrel.’ But she was extraordinarily gifted at putting people together. She love the party.

  3. Mark, you are right about Cathy’s wonderful gift of connecting with people in such an intelligent and generous way. The best story she ever told me was of the time she first met Stephen Hawking, and had the challenge of “selling” him on the idea of joining the board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She told a funny story on herself but it was clear she handled it as graciously as she did all things.

  4. Mark, I do not know you, but was very happy to find this blog, when I Googled Cathy’s name, after I heard of her passing. I was so saddened to hear about Cathy’s death, but happy to find a tribute somewhere on the web.
    Cathy was a master at connections…connecting all people whom she felt could benefit from each others’ intellect, understanding or curiosity. And she herself was always able to strike the match to get things started. With boundless energy and a positive attitude in the face of adversity, she will be so missed. All my thoughts and prayers for her family and friends. Her passing is a huge loss to us all.

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