Ryan, a leading global tax services and software provider, announced that John Cowan has joined the management team as senior vice president, chief strategy officer. Cowan will lead Ryan’s strategy and business excellence function and focus on delivering higher levels of client value and results through transformational business, process, and operational improvement initiatives.
Prior to joining Ryan, Cowan spent more than 25 years in various leadership roles at Vertex, Inc., an implementation partner of Ryan and leading provider of tax technology and services. He most recently served on the Vertex executive governance group as managing director in the enterprise solutions office, where he drove market development, strategy, and operational planning.
“John Cowan has a demonstrated history of launching business improvement strategies that result in higher profitability, efficiency, and client service,” said Ryan Global President and Chief Operating Officer Ginny B. Kissling. “His strategic insight, business acumen, and tax experience will support our ability to deliver greater client value while successfully executing our aggressive global growth plan.”
“Ryan’s tax expertise combined with its pioneering suite of software and technology for improving prospective tax performance is incredibly forward-thinking,” said John Cowan. “I am excited to join the team of innovative Ryan professionals in their quest to build the leading global brand in tax.”
Cowan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.
Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is a seven-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 2,500 professionals and associates serves over 14,000 clients in more than 50 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at ryan.com. “Ryan” and “Firm” refer to the global organizational network and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ryan International, each of which is a separate legal entity.