Barry Rowan spent over thirty years building technology companies across a range of industries and has served as the CFO of three major public companies. He is currently the EVP and CFO of Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company addressing three of the world’s great needs: energy, food and water. Previously Rowan served as EVP, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer for Vonage Corporation, a $900 million internet communications company where he helped lead a successful turnaround of the company. From 2003-2006, Rowan was EVP, CFO and Treasurer of Nextel Partners, which grew from start-up into a Fortune 1000 company. During Rowan’s tenure, the equity value of the company grew from $2 billion to over $9 billion, leading to its sale to Sprint for $10 billion in 2006.
Rowan has been a director for multiple public companies, including ICO Global Communications and ARIS Corporation, has served on the boards of privately held companies, and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Driven by his belief in giving back to the community, he has also served many non-profit organizations including as a trustee for Seattle Pacific University, the board of advisors for the Honors Program in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Gonzaga University, and President of the Bellevue Christian School board. He has taught university courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is a frequently requested speaker.
Rowan earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School and his B.S. in Business Administration and Chemical Biology summa cum laude from The College of Idaho. He has been interviewed by CFO Studio on his search for meaning in work and Ethix magazine on Bringing Meaning to Work. He lives in Denver with Linda, his wife of 34 years and best friend, and they have two sons in their late twenties.