January 5, 2021  

The International Business Machines on Tuesday said it has named Gary D. Cohn as Vice Chairman of the company and member of the IBM Executive Leadership Team.

“I am honored to be joining IBM, one the world’s most important companies, providing technology that helps organizations be agile and resilient in unpredictable times,” said Cohn. “With the company’s long history of innovation and transformation for every technology era, and a focused growth strategy that will capitalize on the enormous opportunity in hybrid cloud and AI, this is an exciting time to begin working alongside Arvind, the IBM team and IBM’s incredible roster of clients.”

Cohn, 60, will work alongside the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arvind Krishna, and the leadership team to execute various business initiatives and external engagement, in areas including business development, client services, public advocacy and client relationship management.

In a statement, Krishna said Cohn’s “knowledge of technology and business transformation, combined with policymaking expertise, will bring unique value to our clients and stakeholders as we accelerate our hybrid cloud and AI strategy”

”Gary is a globally respected leader with deep experience operating at the center of business and government,” Krishna noted.

Cohn, who served in the Trump administration until April 2018 as assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, worked in the private sector at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., for 26 years in various roles. His last position at the firm was as President and Chief Operating Officer until 2016, before leaving to join the Trump administration.

Following his brief stint in the public sector at the White House, he returned to the private sector and established an investment firm, Cohn Robbins Holding Corp that specializes in acquisitions. He served as Co-Chairman.

Cohn invests in cybersecurity, blockchain infrastructure, regulatory technology and medical technology sectors. He serves on the boards of Abyrx, Gro Intelligence, Indago, Nanopay and Starling, and is the Chairman of the Board of Pallas Advisors. Additionally, Mr. 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).

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