Former Trump economic aide Gary Cohn joins IBM

Greg Nash

Former Trump economic aide Gary Cohn on Tuesday announced that he’s joined IBM as vice chairman.

“I am honored to be joining @IBM as Vice Chairman,” Cohn tweeted. “IBM is one the world’s most important companies, providing technology that helps organizations be agile and resilient in unpredictable times.”

IBM said in a statement that Cohn will work directly with CEO Arvind Krishna on a “wide range of business initiatives and external engagement,” including business development, client services and public advocacy.

Krishna said in a statement that Cohn’s experience will “bring unique value to our clients and stakeholders as we accelerate our hybrid cloud and AI strategy.”

Cohn served as the director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 to April 2018. He played a crucial role in President Trump’s 2017 tax-cut law but disagreed with the president on trade.

Before he joined the White House, Cohn was president and chief executive officer of The Goldman Sachs Group from 2006 to 2016. He’s currently co-chairman of Cohn Robbins Holding Corp., which is a special-purpose acquisition company.

“My commitment to Cohn Robbins Holdings Corp. is unwavering,” he tweeted. “I’ll continue to partner with Cliff in the sourcing and execution of its business combination and then working with the company to drive shareholder value in the years ahead.”

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