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 numerous boards, including OutlookSoft, Tivoli, Tagetik, PGA.com, and NHL.com. He has chaired audit, compensation, governance, and nominating committees. Tom has also been Executive in Residence at RockRidge Capital Partners.
Tom is on the faculty at Columbia University and serves as Associate Director of the Center for Technology Management and on the faculty at Columbia University. He also serves as board director and board chair for several technology companies, an advisor to investment firms, and a strategic and operational advisor to technology companies and their CEOs.
His most recent book on technology is Leading in the Digital Age: Disruption, Transformation, Data, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, published in October 2018. In the summer of 2019, Tom published a non-tech book Basic Scales & Arpeggios: Horn in F. His next book, due in the Fall of 2019, is titled A Tour of the Digital Platform: An Exploration of the Technology of Today & Tomorrow.
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.
Due Fall of 2019: A Tour of the Digital Platform: An Exploration of the Technology of Today & Tomorrow (First Edition)