Executive Development Principal
Ed Cohen is an executive development team member at Amazon.com focused on leading at scale and beyond line of sight in a rapidly growing organization to help Amazon reinvent management science. Previously, Cohen was a partner in Nelson Cohen Global Consulting, a leadership development and coaching firm where he worked with clients including AON Corporation, HCL Technologies, Novo Nordisk, Time Warner, and Western Union.
As a veteran in learning and leadership development, Cohen’s career spans more than 36 years and crosses 60-plus countries. He is the only chief learning officer to lead two companies to the No. 1 rank for learning and development. During a seven-year stint in India, he led Tech Mahindra to No.1 on the ATD Best Awards list, and helped them achieve a top 10 rank in the Training Top 125 (the first Asian company to do so). Prior to India, Cohen spent eight years as the strategic leader for Booz Allen Hamilton’s corporate university where they achieved the No. 1 rank on both the ATD Best Awards and Training Top 125 lists. During his career he has been the recipient of more than 40 ATD Excellence in Practice Awards, received a lifetime achievement award from the India Learning Society, as well as numerous other best practice recognitions.
He has co-authored three books (“Leadership Traits: Insights for Today, Pathway to the Future,” “Riding the Tiger: Leading Through Learning in Turbulent Times,” and “Leadership Without Borders: Successful Strategies from World-Class Leaders”), contributed to several others and written dozens of published articles on learning and leadership strategies.
For Chief Learning Officer magazine (www.clomag.com), Cohen writes the Your Career blog dedicated to career development for senior learning leaders. He is also a faculty member for the CLO Accelerator Program.
While working as a teacher in the early 1980s, Cohen brought technology into the classroom as personal computers rolled out. He led the charge to develop content and train IBM employees on their use, and taught trainers around the world how to teach others to use computers.