Mayor Peter Clarke said Cowie was a personable leader whose strong rapport with colleagues and the wider community was a stand out.
“Mr Cowie has experience with a similar green-wedge council and has dealt with and understands the complexities around fire mitigation and a range of other issues facing interface councils,” Clarke said.
“Mr Cowie brings a wealth of experience to the role and we look forward to his hands-on leadership approach.”
Mr Cowie said he was looking forward to providing strong support to Council and the wider Nillumbik community.
“The focus will be on providing the best possible value to ratepayers and residents as well as excellent customer service,” Mr Cowie said.
Mr Cowie was born in Scotland and has an MBA as well as qualifications in economics and finance.
His international experience ranges from healthcare, facilities management, transport, manufacturing and construction project management to managing large diverse workforces and budgets.
“Council looks forward to Mr Cowie continuing the good work led by the departing CEO Mark Stoermer to grow tourism and economic development within our Shire,” Cr Clarke said.
Council Director of Sustainability and Place Mr Hjalmar Philipp will be acting CEO in the interim.