John Cowan

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development



John Cowan possesses rich experience in the tax technology and service space, serving in various leadership roles in general management, business development, and strategy and execution. He has a passion for launching, growing, and innovating commercial tax platforms with automation, data, and expert ingenuity. John applies his passion at Ryan, where we are creating a global, customer-centric ecosystem of cloud-hosted tax and compliance applications.  

Prior to joining Ryan, John spent 25 years at a leading tax technology provider in various roles. The most memorable were launching a retail-centric suite of tax technology solutions that accounted for omni-channel and back-office transaction tax needs and converging a built-from-the-ground-up service arm that, coupled with the company’s software, yielded the market’s most trusted/chosen solutions and a modern enterprise data management tool geared specifically for tax professionals across direct and indirect taxes.  

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.