Thomas Cowan

New York, NY

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. 

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. 

Today, Tom’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,, 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 several technology companies and is an advisor to investment firms and technology CEOs. 

His latest book, published in October 2018, is Leading in the Digital Age: Disruption, Transformation, Data, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence. Tom's academic background includes undergraduate work at Wake Forest University, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and doctoral studies at Columbia University. 

Recent Publications

Leading in the Digital Age: Disruption, Transformation, Data, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence (First Edition, Vecker Press, 2018) 

From Idea to Business (First Edition, Vecker Press, 2011) 

Leadership Basics (First Edition, Vecker Press, 2011) 

Business Basics (First Edition, Vecker Press, 2011)