Gary Cohn

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  • Vice Chairman of IBM
  • Co-Chairman of Cohn-Robbins
  • Former Director of the National Economic Council
  • Chairman of the Board of Pallas Advisors



Global finance industry leader and former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council Gary Cohn draws on his unparalleled private and public sector leadership experience to offer a key perspective on the global economy and financial markets in riveting remarks. Heralded by The Wall Street Journal as “an economic-policy powerhouse” and called a “go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth” by The New York Times, Cohn is the current Vice Chairman of IMB as well as co-Chairman of Cohn Robbins Holding Corp. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from 2006-2016, and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee. Cohn speaks on issues ranging from monetary policy to fiscal policy, trade to taxes, translating uncertainty into tangible takeaways for audiences worldwide.

Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018. As chief economic advisor to the president of the United States, Cohn managed the administration’s economic policy agenda and led the successful effort to grow the U.S. economy, create jobs and increase wages through tax and regulatory reform. He is now Chairman of the Board of Pallas Advisors and serves on the corporate boards of Abyrx, Gro Intelligence, Lazurite, and Nanopay. Additionally, Cohn serves on advisory boards for Spring Labs and Starling. Cohn’s expertise in the global financial system, tech advances, and the inner-workings of economic policy have him in-demand everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference. He brings both a CEO’s and White House insider’s point of view to each engagement, sharing prescient, tangible insights with an engaging sense of humor.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Gary Cohn
  • BTG Pactual
  • Bloomberg New Economy Forum
  • Context Summits
  • The Economic Club of Washington D.C.
  • American University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Talks at Goldman Sachs
  • Institute of International Finance
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Financial Markets and the Global Economy

Finance industry legend Gary Cohn draws on his vast knowledge of the global financial system, economic policy, and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration, to provide candid and revealing analysis on the direction of the global economy. Having served as President & COO of Goldman S ...

Finance industry legend Gary Cohn draws on his vast knowledge of the global financial system, economic policy, and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration, to provide candid and revealing analysis on the direction of the global economy. Having served as President & COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) as well as Chief Economic Advisor to President Trump (2017-18), Cohn offers on-the-nose insights into issues ranging from monetary policy to fiscal policy; trade to taxes. Substantive, shrewd, and humorous, he translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways for audiences worldwide.

U.S. Politics and Economic Policy—Where Are We Going From Here?

A former Director of the National Economic Council and President and COO of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn has been in the room where it happened as economic policies have been crafted, succeeded or failed, for over two decades.  From the 2008 global financial crisis to the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ...

A former Director of the National Economic Council and President and COO of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn has been in the room where it happened as economic policies have been crafted, succeeded or failed, for over two decades.  From the 2008 global financial crisis to the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act he helped push through Congress while in the Trump Administration, Cohn has the insider’s account of the major economic developments of the last two decades and a deep understanding of how politics affects the economy and vice versa. As our political and economic landscape looks more uncertain than ever, Cohn decodes what we can expect with insight, clarity, and humor. Drawing on his experiences working within the Trump administration and crafting the policies that helped save Goldman Sachs during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Cohn paints an illuminating picture of where we’re going in the months and years to come.

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<p><strong>Gary Cohn provides vital analysis on strengthening economic opportunity in America</strong></p>

Gary Cohn provides vital analysis on strengthening economic opportunity in America

In a riveting panel discussion at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference, finance industry leader GARY COHN was celebrated for his ability to speak to both micro and macro issues with his trademark, straight-shooting style. With prescient comments ranging from domestic production of semiconductor chips and businesses hiring for skills versus training, to the polarization of realities as the nation tries to unify around a shared economic vision, the IBM Vice Chairman demonstrated significant grasp of the nuanced issues facing companies, industries, and policymakers today.

Cohn, a vocal advocate of free trade, has urged lawmakers to address inflation by investing in U.S. supply chains, and told CNN: “We need to get manufacturing back here in the United States so we can control our own supply chain and we can control our own destiny.” Leveraging his significant experience as chief economic advisor to President Trump, the former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council called for Congress to pass the Bipartisan Innovation Act, which would invest in domestic computer chip manufacturing. In high demand for his unparalleled private and public sector leadership experience, Cohn has made headlines with his commentary on CNN’s Quest Means Business, CNN Business, Business Insider, CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer, and Fortune, among others.

Watch Gary Cohn in the Milken Institute panel [at 20:03] >>

<p><strong>Conservative Voices</strong></p>

Conservative Voices

As the accelerating pace of national and global events continues to impact every facet of our lives and work, today’s most sought-after conservative voices share key insights for ever-shifting markets, innovative strategies, and what today’s most pressing issues mean from their point of view. Renowned journalists, Washington insiders, and high-profile experts combine substantive analysis and dynamic discussion to leave audiences feeling engaged, informed, and prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Revered political commentators like former White House Press Secretary DANA PERINO, top strategist KARL ROVE, MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ co-hosts JOE SCARBOROUGH & MIKA BRZEZINSKI, and host of FOX’s Gutfeld! GREG GUTFELD & co-host KAT TIMPF offer star power and unparalleled insights. Highly respected appointees and foremost security experts such as former National Security Advisor H. R. MCMASTER, cybersecurity expert and former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security MICHAEL CHERTOFF, and former Secretary of Defense DICK CHENEY take on the risks facing businesses and markets in our increasingly globalized and data-driven world. Experts in monetary policy and global finance like Former Director of the National Economic Council GARY COHN, economist and member of G30 KEVIN WARSH, Co-Chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation R. GLENN HUBBARD, and global finance expert STEVE FORBES address the most complex questions of the global economy with nuance and command. Strong advocates for bipartisanship like cybersecurity expert WILL HURD, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON, Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center OLYMPIA SNOWE, and former Speaker of the House JOHN BOEHNER lead conversations about finding unified solutions to national and global crises for a better future. For insightful and informative programs on today’s biggest issues, contact HWA.

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<p>Gary Cohn provides business leaders with the insight and clarity needed for this new reality</p>

Gary Cohn provides business leaders with the insight and clarity needed for this new reality

GARY COHN, the former Director of the United States National Economic Council and current Vice Chair of IBM, is a go-to guest on the USA Sunday shows speaking on the U.S. and global economy and the challenges facing multi-nationals today. Cohn provides business leaders with the insight and clarity needed for our current reality. A finance industry legend considered "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 illuminates what's ahead for  global markets. In his time in office, 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. As President and COO of Goldman Sachs, Cohn was at the helm of one of the largest investment banking enterprises in the world, but now thanks to his shrewd analysis and engaging style, Cohn has been sought-out to speak everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference, translating uncertainty into tangible takeaways. Cohn earns rave reviews: "We loved having Gary as part of this inaugural Forum, he's a fantastic speaker and I know our full audience benefited from his insights." (Major Economic Forum)

<p><strong>Speaker Spotlight: Gary Cohn reveals what's ahead</strong></p>

Speaker Spotlight: Gary Cohn reveals what's ahead

Finance industry legend GARY COHN – Vice Chairman of IBM, former President and COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) and President Trump’s chief economic advisor (2017-18) – draws on his unparalleled private and public sector leadership experience to reveal what’s ahead, providing actionable takeaways on how your organization can best prepare. 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’s rise to the top of Wall Street is an inspirational story of legend; one chronicled in Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Cohn's career at Goldman Sachs spanned 26 years. While COO and President, he led his team through the global financial crisis with pragmatism and strength, helping formulate the strategies that saved the firm.

During Cohn’s time in the White House, he managed 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. Since leaving office, Cohn has been sought-out by leading companies, including blockchain startup Spring Labs and global market leader in mobile gaming MZ, as an adviser and board member, respectively. Cohn's expertise on the global financial system, tech advances, and the inner-workings of the current administration's approach to economic policy, have him in-demand everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference. He brings both a CEO's and White House insider’s point of view to each engagement, earning rave reviews thanks to his prescient, tangible insights, and sense of humor. Following the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, the event-planner raved: “We loved having Gary as part of this inaugural Forum, he's a fantastic speaker and I know our full audience benefited from his insights.”

<p>Gary Cohn is a fantastic speaker for energy sector events</p>

Gary Cohn is a fantastic speaker for energy sector events

Former Director of the National Economic Council (2017-18) and President of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) GARY COHN wowed an audience of over 500 CEOs at the American Chemistry Council’s annual meeting. Speaking on politics, finance, and the energy sector to power-players from ExxonMobil Chemical, Shell Chemical, BASF, and more, Cohn was a perfect fit for the audience. They kept the moderated Q&A going for an extra half an hour, and could have kept asking him questions all night long. 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's expertise on the global financial system, technological innovation, and the inner-workings of the current administration's approach to policy thinking, have him in-demand at events everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference. His experience at the upper echelons of the public and private sector also has him in-demand by leading companies, as Cohn and has joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an advisor and was named to the board of directors of MZ, a global market leader in mobile gaming.  As the Bloomberg New Economy Forum raved: “We loved having Gary… he’s a fantastic speaker and I know our full audience benefited from his insights.”

<p>Gary Cohn included in Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath</p>

Gary Cohn included in Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath

Finance industry legend GARY COHN’s rise to the top of Wall Street is an inspirational story of legend; one chronicled in Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Challenging the way we think about obstacles and disadvantages, David and Goliath is among Gladwell’s most famous works, offering powerful lessons for entrepreneurs, recruiters, and anyone interested in success. The book is also the subject of a Gladwell TEDTalk, which has received over 8.5M views. Among the true stories chronicled in the book, is Gary Cohn’s unlikely ascension on Wall Street. Growing up, Cohn struggled with dyslexia and did poorly in school. He famously landed his first job on Wall Street by convincing a trader he split a cab with that he knew "everything" about options – a white lie – and then studying up on McMillan's Options as a Strategic Investment. It worked, and in 1990 Cohn was recruited by Goldman Sachs and steadily climbed the ranks until he was named President and COO in 2006.

It’s a captivating “against-the-odds” tale that rivets and empowers audiences worldwide. Cohn even appeared in a 60 Minutes alongside Gladwell, to explain how he managed to translate his disability into success. Cohn's career at Goldman Sachs spanned 26 years, and as the global financial recession hit, and numerous Wall Street firms crumbled, Goldman Sachs stood apart from the pack  thanks in large part to Cohn's foresight, strategy and leadership. After leaving Goldman, he went on to serve as President Trump’s chief economic advisor, where he 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). With his wildly inspiring life story, expertise on the global financial system, and knowledge of the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration's approach to economic policy, Cohn engages every audience.

<p>Gary Cohn reveals what's ahead for the global economy and financial markets</p>

Gary Cohn reveals what's ahead for the global economy and financial markets

Finance industry legend GARY COHN – Vice Chairman of IBM, former President and COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) and President Trump’s chief economic advisor (2017-18) – draws on his unparalleled private and public sector leadership experience to reveal what’s ahead for the global economy and financial markets in riveting remarks. 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 sought-out by leading companies, including blockchain startup Spring Labs and global market leader in mobile gaming MZ, as an adviser and board member, respectively. Cohn's expertise on the global financial system, tech advances, and the inner-workings of economic policy making, have him in-demand everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference. He brings both a CEO's and White House insider’s point of view to each engagement, earning rave reviews thanks to his prescient, tangible insights and engaging sense of humor. Following the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, the event-planner raved: “We loved having Gary as part of this inaugural Forum, he's a fantastic speaker and I know our full audience benefited from his insights.”

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<p>Gary Cohn is an in-demand voice on fintech </p>

Gary Cohn is an in-demand voice on fintech 

Finance industry legend and current Vice Chairman of IBM GARY COHN is an in-demand expert at the intersection of finance and technology. Cohn is co-Chairman of Cohn Robbins Holding Corp., a $720M SPAC that invests across sectors including cybersecurity and blockchain infrastructure. Sought out by leading companies, he serves as an adviser for blockchain startup Spring Labs. 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's expertise on the global financial system, tech advances, and the inner-workings economic policy, have him in-demand everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference.

The former chief economic advisor to President Trump also sits on the board of directors of MZ, a global market leader and “Silicon Valley unicorn” 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.

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Gary D. Cohn is Vice Chairman of IBM, working in partnership with IBM’s Executive Leadership Team on a wide range of business initiatives and external engagement, in areas including business development, client services, public advocacy and client relationship management.

Mr. Cohn is also Co-Chairman, with Clifton S. Robbins, of Cohn Robbins Holding Corp., a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) and a board member of Gro Intelligence. 

Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 until April 2018. As President Donald Trump’s chief economic advisor, Mr. Cohn managed the administration’s economic policy agenda and led the successful effort to grow the U.S. economy, create jobs and increase wages through tax and regulatory reform. 

Before serving in the White House, Mr. Cohn was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from 2006-2016. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1990 and held a number of other leadership positions including the Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. He was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

Mr. Cohn began his career at U.S. Steel before moving to New York to trade on the New York Commodities Exchange from 1982-1990.

Mr. Cohn invests across the cybersecurity, block chain infrastructure, regulatory technology and medical technology sectors. He serves on the corporate boards of Abyrx, Gro Intelligence, Indago, Nanopay and Starling and is the Chairman of the Board of Pallas Advisors. Additionally, Mr. Cohn serves on the advisory board for Spring Labs. He is a member of the Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee (SRAC) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Mr. Cohn has long been dedicated to advancing healthcare and education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone Health and serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. He is also on the Board of Overseers of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. In 2019 Mr. Cohn was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

Mr. Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.