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GE hires former Patrick adviser ‘Mo’ Cowan

Boston, MA--1/2302013--At a Statehouse press conference, Governor Deval Patrick (cq) announces the appointment of William "Mo" Cowan (cq) as the interim U.S. Senator to replace Senator John Kerry (cq), on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: patrick Reporter: Frank Phillips
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William "Mo" Cowan (right) was named interim U.S. Senator by then-Governor Deval Patrick in 2013. He replaced John Kerry.

William “Mo” Cowan, who was a top advisor to former Governor Deval Patrick and an interim US senator, will join General Electric Co. as vice president of legal policy and litigation, the company said Tuesday.

GE said Cowan will oversee litigation, investigations, and compliance for the multinational conglomerate while also working locally with city and state officials as it prepares to build a new South Boston headquarters campus.

Patrick appointed Cowan to the Senate in early 2013 after John Kerry was named secretary of state by then-President Barack Obama. He filled the role until Edward Markey won a special election later that year.


Since leaving the Senate, Cowan has worked for ML Strategies, the powerful lobbying arm of the Boston law firm Mintz Levin. He was promoted to chief executive just last year.

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ML Strategies represented GE in 2015 and 2016, according to state records, and the firm helped guide the company through its move from Connecticut to Boston, which was announced last January. Since last summer, GE has been based out of a temporary headquarters office in the Seaport District. The company received about $145 million city tax breaks and state grants as part of a package to move here.

“I have been fortunate to work with GE over many years – including most recently with a great team at Mintz Levin and ML Strategies – and am thrilled to have this opportunity to concentrate my efforts on helping the company prosper in Boston and beyond,” Cowan said in a statement.

Cowan served as chief legal counsel and later chief of staff in Patrick’s administration. Earlier in his career, he worked for Mintz Levin as a lawyer.

He’ll start work at GE April 1. Despite Cowan’s short run in the corner office, the breakup with ML Strategies appears amicable. “We wish our good friend and colleague all the best,” Mintz Levin managing member Bob Bodian said in a statement, “and look forward to the opportunity to continue to work with Mo and our valued client GE for years to come.”

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