Jim Cowie is the Chief Legal Officer at the Ellison Institute. Before joining the team in 2020, he served for more than 12 years as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS; member, Nasdaq-100 and S&P 500), as part of the executive management team during a period when the company achieved a turnaround that produced strong growth in revenue, profitability, employment and culture (earning recognition including Fortune - 100 Best Companies to Work For, Great Place to Work - World’s 25 Best Workplaces, People - 50 Companies that Care, and ranked #1 among technology companies by Investor’s Business Daily in Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) and 40x stockholder returns. Before Cadence, he held positions of increasing responsibility at companies in health information software and services, retail and real estate development, and began his legal career at the law firm now known as Troutman Pepper.
He is a member of the Leadership Advisory Council of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, a member of the Police Reform project of the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Buck/Cardinal Club, Stanford University’s athletics fundraising group. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Business Software Alliance.
Before attending law school, he served for more than four years as an officer in the United States Navy, primarily aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, and achieving the rank of Lieutenant.