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William “Mo” Cowan

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William “Mo” Cowan

William “Mo” Cowan

U.S. Senator William “Mo" Cowan (retired) is President, Global Government Affairs and Policy (GAP) and Developed Markets for General Electric Co. (GE), responsible for directing the company’s government relations and public policy engagement.

Mo advises GE’s Corporate and portfolio business leadership on policy issues and serves as the Company’s primary interlocutor for policy makers, government officials, and key political stakeholders globally, overseeing a team of more than 100 government affairs professionals around the world, and the Company’s international trade controls team, all in service and support of the Company’s commercial opportunities around the globe.

Under Mo’s direction, the GAP team leads on all aspects of international economic policy including trade, investment, cross-border transactions, international tax, advocacy, lobbying, anti-corruption, compliance, intellectual property rights, government procurement, finance, investment screening (CFIUS), export controls, sanctions, risk, foreign affairs and national security.

Mo also leads the Global Growth Organizational (GGO) national executive teams in Europe and Canada.  As GGO leader for Canada and Europe, Mo leads the in-country corporate teams supporting GE’s portfolio businesses in two of the Company’s largest markets.

In September 2019 Mo added oversight of GE’s Boston Development and Operations to his portfolio of duties, overseeing completion of GE’s global headquarters and leading the Company’s public engagement in the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In these roles, Mo closely collaborates with GE’s Communications, Public Affairs, Risk and Legal functions to devise and execute strategies to build and leverage the Company’s global standing and stature, with a focus on international markets.

Mo previously served as Vice President, Litigation and Legal Policy for the Company, overseeing litigation, enforcement proceedings, investigations and compliance globally.

Before joining GE, Mo held leadership roles (President and CEO, May 2016-March 2017; SVP and COO, November 2013-April 2016) with ML Strategies, a leading national government relations and consulting firm, and the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. Mo also served as a Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics for the Fall semester of 2013.

In 2013 then-Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick appointed Mo to serve as interim United States Senator upon the resignation of John F. Kerry. During his Senate term, Mo served on the Senate Agriculture, Commerce, and Small Business Committees, and co-chaired the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research (Commerce Committee).

Prior to his Senate appointment, Mo served Governor Patrick in a variety of leadership positions, including Chief Legal Counsel, Chief of Staff, and Senior Advisor. As Chief of Staff, Mo directed strategic planning, investment and operations, including oversight of the state’s multibillion-dollar annual budgeting process. As chief strategist and crisis manager to the Governor, Mo advised on all domestic and international affairs, intergovernmental relations and gubernatorial appointments and administered all management and personnel functions within the Governor’s office.

Mo is a graduate of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law. He holds honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Newbury College, and Bridgewater State University.

Mo is a member of the US Association of Former Members of Congress. He also serves on governance boards for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Massachusetts General Hospital, Eastern Bank Corporation, MassChallenge, MassGeneralBrigham Health, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and The New England Council. Mo also serves on advisory committees for Cambridge College, Duke University and the Dimock Community Health Center

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