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Jeffrey Cohn

Jeff Cohn serves as managing partner of Elevate Partners, a company of DHR International. Elevate Partners’ mission is to help businesses succeed through leadership — with a focus on leadership assessment and succession planning.

With more than 20 years experience in succession planning, executive assessment and leadership development, Jeff helps corporate boards select, develop and on-board future leaders. Jeff takes particular pride helping companies create high performance teams that are closely aligned to their strategic objectives and culture. Prior to DHR, Jeff was a partner and a CEO succession advisor at Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart.  Read more >

Jeff Cohn serves as managing partner of Elevate Partners, a company of DHR International. Elevate Partners’ mission is to help businesses succeed through leadership — with a focus on leadership assessment and succession planning.

With more than 20 years experience in succession planning, executive assessment and leadership development, Jeff helps corporate boards select, develop and on-board future leaders. Jeff takes particular pride helping companies create high performance teams that are closely aligned to their strategic objectives and culture. Prior to DHR, Jeff was a partner and a CEO succession advisor at Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart.  

Jeff has spoken, lectured and participated in CEO panels at the World Economic Forum, the CEO Leadership Institute, Oxford University, Stanford and Columbia. Jeff has written numerous Harvard Business Review features on leadership and co-authored an award-winning book on leadership “Why are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders:  A Better Way to Evaluate Leadership Potential.” The Wall Street Journal frequently interviews and quotes Jeff as a world-leading expert in the field of leadership, governance and board dynamics. 

Jeff has worked with and advised CEOs of some of the most creative and successful organizations in the world, including numerous Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, Cirque du Soleil, Cleveland Clinic, the gold medal Olympic basketball team, Blackstone Group, Silverlake Partners, Bain Capital, and high-technology start-ups. He has a particular passion for helping and coaching “rising stars” emerge into future leaders.

Earlier in Jeff’s career he was a principal at a leading economics consulting firm (LECG), a research associate at Harvard Business School and a consultant at Andersen in Paris. He graduated with a degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Tulane University. < Read less

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July 2017 | CNBC

Jeff Immelt emerges as candidate for Uber CEO: WSJ's Greg Bensinger

Jeffrey Cohn, Elevate Partners, and Greg Bensinger, Wall Street Journal, discuss outgoing General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt could possibly take the Uber CEO position. More >

June 2017 | Wall Street Journal

Wanted at Uber: A CEO Who Can Do Pretty Much Everything

Succeeding Travis Kalanick viewed as ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ that is also fraught with risk More >

May 2016 | The Wall Street Journal

When the CEO Reports to the Private-Equity Bosses

These top jobs pay well but often entail strict accountability, intense scrutiny and speedy decisions. Executives can make their mark -- and lots of money -- by becoming the leader of a company owned by private-equity investors. More >

May 2016 | Harvard Business Review

How Private Equity Firms Hire CEOs

Corporate boards often say that succession planning is their top priority, but at publicly traded companies, directors rarely get to turn that planning into action: The average CEO tenure at S&P 500 firms is nearly 10 years. That’s in sharp contrast to the private equity world. PE firms hold investments in dozens of companies, and after making an investment, they nearly always replace the CEO. More >

May 2016 | The Wall Street Journal

H.I.G.’s Growth Tests Firm’s Quest to Stay True to Its Roots

DHR International's Jeffrey Cohn, managing director for succession planning, discusses H.I.G. Capital's ability to retain its brightest minds and reputation for value-oriented deal making as it grows. More >

April 2016 | CNBC

Amazon's unconventional move to have three CEOs

Jeffrey Cohn, DHR Managing Director, and Aaron Kessler, Raymond James Analyst, discuss Amazon's unconventional move to have three CEOs. More >

November 2015 | USA Today

Job quits level off despite falling unemployment

DHR International's Jeff Cohn was interviewed about how the number of workers switching jobs has leveled off after rising steadily since the labor market bottomed out in January 2010. More >

January 2016 | The Wall Street Journal

For Interim CEOs, a Job Full of Pitfalls

They must rally the troops during uncertain times, but they can’t make bold changes More >