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About

Joseph M. Cohen

Background

Joseph M. Cohen: Chairman, JM Cohen & Co, LLC.

For over thirty years, Joseph M. Cohen has been collecting art. His quest has been successful principally because of a single-mindedness of endeavor and his quiet confidence. Those qualities are the same ones that served him so well in his chosen profession. Mr. Cohen graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in economics and from Columbia University with an MA in economics. He presided over the Wall Street investment firm Cowen & Company, an investment banking and capital market firm that provided distinctive service to a multitude of institutions and corporate and private investors. As Chairman, he was responsible for over 1,600 employees, including 150 principals, located in ten offices over two continents. The firm’s growth during the thirty-year period from the seventies until the sale of its assets to Société Générale in 1998 was significant. Under his leadership, the company was transformed from a small boutique firm into a leading international financial services and investment banking company. In February 2000, Mr. Cohen resigned from Société Générale and became the Chairman of JM Cohen & Co, LLC, a private family investment firm.

 

Philanthropy

Mr. Cohen has always found time for philanthropic activities. He is the President Emeritus of Citymeals-on-Wheels and currently serves as Vice Chair; a Director of the Glaucoma Foundation; an Emeritus Trustee of The Jackson Laboratory, a leading genetics research and non-profit mouse production facility; on the Board of New York Eye and Ear infirmary; a former Director of Cantel Medical, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange; a member of the Chairman’s Council, Stieglitz Society and Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Collector’s Committee and Photography Initiative of the National Gallery; member of the Photography Committee at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney, and Guggenheim. In addition, Mr. Cohen joined the Chamber Music Society Board in 2011.

 

Loans and Permissions

The Joseph M. Cohen Family Collection cooperates with specialists when its holdings can make a meaningful contribution to publications and exhibitions. To discuss projects, please contact the Collection’s curator, Naomi Huth, at: naomi@jmcohen.com.