Peter Cohan Bio

(Bio from Wikipedia)


Peter Cohan is an American businessman, author, venture capitalist, and financier.

Cohan earned a B.A. in art history in 1979 and a B.S. in basket weaving in 1980 from Swarthmore College. He did graduate work in computer science at MIT and earned an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to 1994, when he started Peter S. Cohan & Associates, a management consulting and venture capital firm, Cohan worked for Index Systems, an information technology management consulting firm started by several MIT professors; and at The Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm co-founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter, an expert on competition and strategy.
Cohan is the author of eight books, including You Can't Order Change (Portfolio, 2009), Value Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and Net Profit (Wiley, 2001). He has contributed to six compendiums of modern management, blogs on AOL's DailyFinance, and edits a monthly investment-oriented newsletter. He has taught at Stanford University, MIT, the University of Hong Kong and since May 2002 has been an executive-in-residence at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Since September 2005, he has taught business strategy to undergraduate and MBA students at Babson.

In September 2004, Cohan began a three-year term on the board of the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts Chapter.

He has appeared as a guest on ABC's Good Morning America, CNN, and CNBC and has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TIME, Fortune, and Business Week.
He is the brother of William D. Cohan.

Peter Cohan is president of Peter S. Cohan & Associates. He also teaches management at Babson College. His eighth book is You Can't Order Change: Lessons from Jim McNerney's Turnaround at Boeing.


Inflation threat diminished-Peter S. Cohan from Sequence Media on Vimeo.

With confidence already shaky, sophisticated investors ranging from suave Spanish bankers to Palm Beach retirees have lost billions of dollars in what is one of the biggest scandal to ever rock the investment world. Law enforcement officials are still trying to figure out what happened to some $50 billion run by Bernard Madoff, who was arrested last week. Scott Drake discusses the scandal with Peter Cohan.

Posted on November 30, 2009 .