April Riddle Gow joined the Board of the Afghanistan World Foundation in early 2009. She is President and co-founder of Gow & Partners, a global Executive Search and Board consultancy firm with partner offices in 14 cities, founded in 2002, and based in New York and London. During a career of 30 years, she has held numerous executive positions in the private and not-for-profit sectors while living in New York, London, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
From 1998-2000, April Gow was the Director of Cultural Marketing for Aetna, at the time a Fortune 50 company, that supported premier arts organizations throughout the US. As the Director, for three years she worked with Aetna’s senior executives at HQ and in major markets to develop this program, targeting opportunities which fit with Aetna’s brand and business strategy.
From 1998 to 2008, April was President and founder of the American Friends of the London Symphony Orchestra, based in New York. This organization supports the LSO’s annual musical programming at Lincoln Center and its US touring program. She currently serves on the LSO’s Advisory Council in London and New York.
While living in London from 2000-05, she was appointed the first Chairman of the Cultural Patrons of Asia House, a pan Asian organization in Britain which is a centre for corporate, educational and cultural programs promoting an appreciation and understanding of Asian countries.
From 1993-98, she was Director of Marketing and Fund Raising of Theatre Development Fund in New York, a multi-service organization with a $60 million annual budget, supporting all performing arts organizations with it programs in the New York metropolitan area. During that time she served on the Board of the Blue Light Theatre Company, a young repertory company chaired by the actor, James Naughton. In 1991, she was appointed the Executive Director of the National Corporate Fund for Dance, based in New York and built its Board and its support of the premier touring dance companies headquartered in NYC: the American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Alley Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, among others. While living in Los Angeles from 1984-91, April served on the Board of the Japan Society of Southern California, and from 1989-91, was Director of Sponsorships of the Music Center of Los Angeles, a premier performing arts complex.
While living in Tokyo from 1980-84, April worked for Estee Lauder Kabushiki Kaisha as Director of Advertising & PR on the Aramis brand. She started her career in Los Angeles, working for Alfa Romeo in its Western US headquarters in Marketing and Advertising.
April Gow studied History of Art at San Diego State University and attended its campus in Florence, Italy for two years. She returned to UCLA to study Political Science and International Relations.
April is a Council Member of the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. and the Foreign Policy Association in New York. As a corporate sponsor she is involved with Oxford University’s Said Business School and has performed the role of Master of Ceremonies for the past two Oxford India Business Forums in Mumbai and New Delhi, filmed by CNBC.
April and her husband Roddy Gow live in Connecticut and have two sons.