Roddy Gow OBE, Chairman and Founder
The Asia Scotland Institute
RODDY GOW, O.B.E
Roddy Gow is the Founder
of the Asia Scotland Institute in Edinburgh, a new pan Asian NGO, with
the mission to equip Tomorrows Leaders in Scotland with the knowledge
and skill to engage effectively with the Asian markets and improve links
between Scotland and the Asian region. He is also the Chairman and
Founder of Canongate Partners, an international consulting firm,
specialised in solving human and financial capital challenges for
clients seeking to enter Asia and the Emerging Markets. His long
experience of global executive search consulting also includes Chairing
the Advisory Board of Positive Moves Consulting(UK), a leading global
executive search consulting firm specialising in senior appointments in
the Emerging Markets of Asia and Africa and in the provision of advice
on doing business in those regions. He was previously the Chief
Executive of Asia House in London, a pan Asian not for profit
institution , where he drove its mission to educate and inform the
people of the UK about a region extending from the Gulf in the West to
Japan in the East.
An international business
leader who has successfully built and led global practices and developed
clients at the highest levels, he has also been active in volunteer
leadership positions and as a speaker in business forums. He has lived
and worked in the United States for many years and travelled extensively
in Asia, Africa and South America. During a career spanning service as
an Officer in the British Army, several years as a banker in the UK and
the US and over thirty years working at the highest levels of global
executive search, he has always been interested in the challenges of
understanding and embracing the skills needed to function effectively
across national boundaries. He has worked on expanding understanding of
where the art of leadership intersects with the science of management.
He was awarded the OBE in 2002 for his services for British Trade in the
A member of the Business
Advisory Council of the Said Business School, Oxford University, he is a
Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University and a member of the
Advisory Council for the Welsh National Opera.
November 2011 present
Chairman and Founder of Canongate Consulting Limited, based in London
Chairman and Founder of
the Asia Scotland Institute.
Chairman, Positive Moves
Consulting (UK). Indian headquartered, global Emerging Markets executive
Vice Chairman, Cubitt
Consulting, a leading UK Investor and Public Relations consulting firm
with global reach.
January 2010- November
Chief Executive, Asia House, London. The only pan Asian institution in
the UK with a Mission to educate and inform the people of the UK about
Asia through programmes in Arts & Culture, Policy & Politics and
Business & Economics.
2002 - 2010
Gow & Partners Group, London and New York; Founder and Chairman. A firm
set up to provide global executive search and consulting for
multinational companies as well as private equity firms. Built a network
of partner offices in twelve cities worldwide through a subsidiary
company, Gow & Partners World Team. Developed a Board Advisory practice
to assist public company Boards with their annual review through Gow
Odgers Ray & Berndtson, London
Director and Chairman of
the Board and Financial Services Practices. Left to start own business.
LAI Worldwide, later TMP, New York
Executive Vice President
responsible for the North East Region and Co-Head Global Financial
Ran New York office which
became Head Office of the firm and increased revenues from $4.5 to $30
million in two years. Member of the Board of LAI and also Amrop
International. Served as Chairman of The Americas and later Deputy
Chairman Worldwide. Involved with LAIs listing on NASDAQ, the first
executive search firm to go public. Involved with the acquisition of
Ward Howell. Left following acquisition by TMP and change of leadership.
Russell Reynolds Associates, New York
Developed a geographic practice with financial services clients in Latin
America. Generated new clients for the firm. Was recruited away to
assume a larger role.
GKR Group Limited, London
Chief Executive of this
British global executive search consulting company with four offices in
the UK and eight in other countries around the world. Left after the
untimely death of the principal shareholder and Chairman.
Russell Reynolds Associates, London.
Executive Director and
then Managing Director. Head of Global Financial Services Practice 1986.
Managing Director, London Office and Member of the Firms six person
Executive Committee, 1988 1991; Managing Director International 1990.
Barclays Bank in London and New York
Member of the Management
Development Programme. Gained experience of retail and corporate
banking. Became Vice President with Barclays Bank of New York.
British Army, officer in the Scots Guards
Retired as Captain. Held
leadership positions in NW Germany, Northern Ireland and Belgium. Served
as ADC to the Chairman of NATOs Military Committee, the senior officer
in the Alliance, and was an Instructor at The Royal Military Academy,
Cambridge University, UK; BA Hons,1970; MA 1972
Professional and Other
OBE, Officer of the
British Empire; Awarded for services to British Trade in the US.
FRSA Fellow of the Royal
Society for the Arts
FIPM Fellow of the
Institute of Personnel Management
ACIB Associate of the
Chartered Institute of Bankers
Member, Royal Company of
Archers, Queens Bodyguard for Scotland, 1982- present
Chairman, Action Resource
Centre 1991 1993; which later became Business in the Community
American Chamber of Commerce of London and New York, (now British
American Business), 1999 2001. Co-led the merger with American
Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM UK); Advisory Board member 2008-present.
Chairman, President and
Vice President; British American Business Council, 2001 2003
Member, Guild of
International Bankers; London 2001- present
Member, Advisory Council,
London Symphony Orchestra 20012010
Foundation of the London Symphony Orchestra 2001- 2009
Fellow, Foreign Policy
Association, New York; 2005 2009
Member, Business Advisory
Council, Said Business School, Oxford University, 2007- present
London Metropolitan University 2011 -present
Council Member, Brookings
Institution, Washington DC; 2008 2010
Scottish Foundation 2008 present
Member, Advisory Board,
Welsh National Opera, Cardiff, Wales; 2012 present
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