Thomas Cowan

Thomas Cowan now makes Columbia University his home, where he on faculty and is Associate Director of the Center for Technology Management. This follows the first half of his career at IBM and the second half building software companies.

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

Tom is a technologist. His expertise is in the use of technology to create strategic differentiation, and in the leadership that is required to execute on strategic differentiation.

He has served on the boards of OutlookSoft, Tivoli, Tagetik,, and He has chaired audit, compensation, governance, and nominating committees. Tom has also been Executive in Residence at RockRidge Capital Partners.

Tom 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 a number of technology companies and is an advisor to investment firms and technology CEOs.

He is the author of From Idea to Business, Business Basics, and Leadership Basics. Tom's academic background includes undergraduate work at Wake Forest University, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and advanced studies at Columbia University.