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Ex-Trump adviser Cohn joins IBM as vice chairman

Ex-Trump adviser Cohn joins IBM as vice chairman

Former Director of the US National Economic Council Gary Cohn speaks at a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York City on Sep 17, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Jeenah Moon)

NEW YORK: Gary Cohn, the former economic adviser to US President Donald Trump and ex-Goldman Sachs president, has been named as vice chairman of International Business Machines, the technology giant said on Tuesday (Jan 5).

He will be part of IBM's executive leadership team and will work in the areas of business development, client services, public advocacy and client relationship management, IBM said in a statement.

Cohn served as Trump's top economic adviser between January 2017 and April 2018 and before that was president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs for a decade.

He spent 26 years with the bank and had last month said he will make a charitable donation instead of giving back compensation to Goldman Sachs as penance for the Wall Street bank's involvement in Malaysia's 1MDB sovereign fund corruption scandal.

The bank was investigated for its involvement in raising US$6.5 billion through three bond sales between 2012 and 2013 for the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.

Goldman in October reached a deal to settle the probe, agreeing to pay total penalties of US$2.9 billion and said it was clawing back US$174 million in executive compensation.

Cohn last year raised US$720 million in an initial public offering for a new blank-check acquisition company and has investments across the cybersecurity, blockchain infrastructure, regulatory technology and medical technology sectors.

Source: Reuters

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