Our Team

James Cowen

Partner, Technology & IT Services

James Cowen

James leads Ridgeway’s technology and IT services industry practice.  He advises on non executive and executive board placements and senior leadership in software/SaaS, IT and broader technology service businesses.  James has experience working with tech firms at all stages of their development whether multinational, emerging leader or scaleup.  Additionally, he advises clients on strategy and transformation leadership.

James has more than 20 years of experience in the tech sector.  Prior to joining Ridgeway, he was a leading member of Spencer Stuart’s European TMT practice.  Prior to search, James was Managing Director at Accenture, where he led the UK Software and Platforms industry practice.

James has worked throughout Europe, the US, China and Japan.  

He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

What makes us progressive?

We define leadership in the context of our client’s business objectives, often as they navigate significant change.  In the last year evidence has shown even more clearly that great leaders differentiate themselves based on their ability to deal with ambiguity.  We help clients to identify leaders whose experience, capability, potential and character fit within this context.

What is the single most important challenge facing clients today and how can we help?

The ability to continuously innovate to meet client needs remains at the forefront of the board agenda.  We believe innovative and transformative leadership is fuelled by diversity.  We are passionate in our challenge to boards and leadership teams to become more diverse and inclusive and unlock innovation.

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