Bill Cowan AM

Senior Consultant, Key Executive Services



Bill has over 30 years of experience in senior management positions. He has served as an advisor to boards and chief executives worldwide and been the chief executive officer of several listed and unlisted companies. He was a partner of McKinsey & Co. Inc., servicing clients across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, before leading the transformational strategy for the Australian Football League and the leveraged buyout of Southern Cross Broadcasting.

During the late 1990s, Bill led Davidson & Associates, consolidating its position at the time as the premier career management firm in Southeast Asia. In 1998, the firm won the BRW Award for the best service business in Australia. Bill has served as a director on the boards of several Australian companies and has been the chair of various boards and committees in a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Coaching Experience
Throughout his time at Directioneering, Bill has worked successfully with over 1,000 senior executives from every industry, providing them with consulting and advice related to their careers. His background and experience enable him to provide senior executives with robust, insightful and supportive guidance as they take positive steps forward on their career path.

Industry Expertise

Financial Services
Health Sector
Management Consulting
Media and Entertainment


Master of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Engineering, University of Melbourne
Member of the Order of Australia

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