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William "Mo" Cowan, who served as an interim U.S. senator and was a top adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, is no stranger to working with General Electric Co., as he played a key role in the company's relocation to Boston. Now Cowan is taking his experience in-house, as he will join GE as vice president of litigation and legal policy, effective April 1.
GE announced Cowan's new role on Feb. 14 in a press release, which explained that he will help lead GE's Boston team by advising senior leaders and working with city and state officials in connection to the company's construction of its new global headquarters. "I'm excited to have this unbelievable opportunity to join this great company … and team led by [general counsel] Alex Dimitrief," Cowan said in an interview Wednesday. "The range of issues and the scope of opportunity are extraordinary."
Cowan has spent the last three years with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo and simultaneously served in top roles at consulting firm ML Strategies. It's in these roles that Cowan assisted GE with the move from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Boston. "I've had the pleasure of working with the company as an outside lawyer in a variety of engagements over the years," Cowan said. "The headquarters move really allowed me to use all of the tools in my toolbox, both as a lawyer and a consultant."
When discussions began about GE's relocation, the company immediately reached out to Cowan "to help us navigate the complexities of the regulatory process and craft the agreement that ultimately set the stage for our move to Boston," said Dimitrief, senior vice president and general counsel at GE, in a statement. "Mo has been a key partner in our work since we announced our relocation, providing his strategic, political and legal expertise to support GE's acquisition and permitting of our permanent HQ site in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood."
(Photo, left: William “Mo” Cowan. Credit: U.S. Senate Photographic Studio)
Before his roles with Mintz Levin and ML Strategies, Cowan was appointed in 2013 to temporarily fill the Senate seat vacated when John Kerry was named secretary of state. Before that, he was chief legal counsel and chief of staff to Patrick.
The news of Cowan's new position comes less than a month after it was announced that Bradford Berenson, who formerly held the post, was leaving at the end of February to take the GC spot at global alternative asset firm TPG Capital Management. For nearly five years, Berenson served as vice president and senior counsel for litigation and legal policy at GE. "Brad has been a terrific partner and leader on some of our toughest matters over the past four years and we'll all miss his passion and excellence," said Dimitrief in an emailed statement to Corporate Counsel.