Gary Cohn

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  • Director, National Economic Council (2017-18)
  • President & COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-2017)

Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, philanthropist and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council.

Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018. As President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor, Mr. Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm’s Securities Division in both New York and London, including Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Divisions. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016 and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

 

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<p>Gary Cohn delivers insights on global financial system at Davos 2019</p>

Gary Cohn delivers insights on global financial system at Davos 2019

A finance industry legend who led one of the largest investment banking enterprises in the world, GARY COHN made headlines in NBC News, Politico, and Marketwatch, for his candid, in-depth interview from Davos on U.S. economic growth. Named as President Trump's chief economic advisor in January 2017, Cohn was heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times). Thanks to his shrewd analysis and engaging style, Cohn has headlined both the NIC Fall Conference and Bloomberg's New Economy Forum, and just delivered a keynote at the 2019 Context Summit, during which he made headlines for a fascinating interview on CNBC. Just named to the board of directors of MZ, a global market leader in mobile gaming, for which he made headlines in Bloomberg, Cohn also joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an adviser. With his vast knowledge of the global financial system and and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration's approach to economic policy, Cohn translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways.

<p>Gary Cohn named to MZ Board of Directors</p>

Gary Cohn named to MZ Board of Directors

Former Director of the National Economic Council (2017-18) and President and COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) GARY COHN has been named to the board of directors of MZ, a global market leader in mobile gaming. Making headlines in Bloomberg and MarketWatch, Cohn is set to bring over 30 years of financial sector experience to the “Silicon Valley ‘unicorn,’” which is at the intersection of gaming and tech. As Kristen Dumont, CEO of MZ said: “Gary is not only an incredibly talented and seasoned financial expert, he is also a remarkable leader. Gary understands the challenges and triumphs of building a world class organization, having shepherded Goldman Sachs through its IPO and maturity into a public company. He forged strong connections in the technology and financial sectors and as a result, has a deep understanding of rapidly evolving companies at the top of their industries.”  Heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times), Cohn has been in-demand by companies, major news outlets, and event-planners since leaving the White House. He joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an adviser, was sought-out by Reuters Newsmakers for an exclusive interview on the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis, and was also interviewed on CBS This Morning on the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, which Cohn was instrumental in pushing through Congress. Recently selected as a speaker for the inaugural Bloomberg New Economy Forum, for panels on both financing the new economy and the geopolitics of markets. Cohn provides unparalleled insights into the inner workings of the current administration and its economic policy-thinking. He translates political and market uncertainty into tangible takeaways for audiences worldwide.

<p>Gary Cohn named as adviser for blockchain startup</p>

Gary Cohn named as adviser for blockchain startup

Former Director of the National Economic Council (2017-18) and President and COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-2017), GARY COHN made headlines in Financial Times, CNBC, Fortune, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, and more, with the news that he has joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an adviser. Working to build a decentralized network for identity and credit that will serve as the foundation for a more transparent, secure, and efficient delivery of financial services, Spring Labs has raised millions of dollars and is pursuing a "potentially huge market." As Chairman and CEO of Spring Labs, Adam Jiwan, said: "Gary brings a wealth of experience in understanding the complexities of the global financial markets and an unparalleled network. We're beyond excited to work with him to execute on our vision to transform how information and data are shared globally across a host of major industries..."Named as President Trump's chief economic advisor in January 2017, Cohn was heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times). At Goldman Sachs, Cohn led his team through the global financial crisis with pragmatism and strength, helping formulate the strategies that saved the firm. Thanks to his shrewd economic insights, Cohn has been sought-out to speak everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference

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Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, philanthropist and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council.

Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018. As President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor, Mr. Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm’s Securities Division in both New York and London, including Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Divisions. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016 and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

Additionally, Mr. Cohn served as a Director of the London Metals Exchange and as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Commodity Exchange.

Mr. Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters, where he is an active philanthropist and an advisor to technology companies and entrepreneurs who rely on his vast knowledge of Wall Street and Washington to better understand the financial and economic environment. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.