Gary Cohn

Former Director of the National Economic Council Co-Chairman, Cohn-Robbins Holding Corporation Vice Chairman,

IBM

Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, philanthropist, and the former Director of the US National Economic Council. As vice chairman of IBM, Cohn works 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. Cohn is also co-chairman, with Clifton S. Robbins, of Cohn Robbins Holding Corp., a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

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, he managed the administration’s economic policy agenda and led the successful effort to grow the US economy, create jobs, and increase wages through tax and regulatory reform.

Before serving in the White House, 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.

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

Cohn invests across the cybersecurity, blockchain 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, Cohn serves on advisory boards for Hoyos Integrity and Spring Labs. He is a member of the Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee (SRAC) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

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, Cohn was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982. 

Sessions With Gary Cohn

Monday, 28 February

  • 08:50am - 09:20am (EST) / 28/feb/2022 04:50 pm - 28/feb/2022 05:20 pm

    Keynote Address: The Supply Chain Perspective from Gary D. Cohn

    We are delighted that Gary D. Cohn will join us for TPM22 after having missed TPM in 2020 following its cancellation due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Since serving as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council in 2017 and 2018, he has become vice chairman of IBM, where he works in partnership with IBM’s leadership team on a wide range of initiatives and external engagement. Before serving in the White House, he was president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs from 2006-2016. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1990 and held a number of other leadership positions, including global co-head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division, and was a member of the firm’s board of directors. In recent months he has been outspoken on issues such as labor that are core to supply chain challenges, urging actions that would encourage people to re-enter the workforce. At TPM22 Gary will offer his perspective on the short- and long-term impact of supply chain disruption in remarks and a sitdown Q&A with Adam Kansler, president of financial services for IHS Markit.