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Thomas Cowan

Thomas Cowan now makes his home at Columbia University. This follows the first half of his career at IBM and the second half building software companies.

He rose through the leadership ranks to become CEO, Board Director, and Chairman of ten companies and boards of directors, including public, private, nonprofit, and academic organizations.

Today, Cowan’s focus is on the digitization of our society, artificial intelligence, and the paths forward.

He has served on many boards, including OutlookSoft, Tivoli, Tagetik, PGA.com, and NHL.com. He has chaired audit, compensation, governance, and nominating committees. Cowan has also been Executive in Residence at RockRidge Capital Partners.

Cowan is currently Associate Director of the Center for Technology Management and on the faculty at Columbia University. He also serves as board director and chairman for several technology companies and is an advisor to investment firms and technology CEOs.

His latest book is Leading in the Digital Age: Disruption, Transformation, Data, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence (First Edition, Vecker Press, 2018). Cowan’s academic background includes undergraduate work at Wake Forest University, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and doctoral studies at Columbia University.