Cohen, along with co-heading the innovation unit, will also serve as president of Global Affairs
Goldman Sachs has hired Jared Cohen to co-head its newly created applied innovation unit, an internal memo showed, as the Wall Street powerhouse invests in technology expertise. Cohen is also the founder of the technology incubator Jigsaw at Google.
Cohen, who also served as advisor to Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt in the past, will co-head the new Goldman innovation unit with George Lee, the memo said, whose contents were confirmed by the bank’s spokesperson.
“The Office of Applied Innovation will harness the innovative and entrepreneurial capacity of our people and connect their ideas with our global network of relationships as we continue to invest in our businesses and create new ventures,” CEO David Solomon said in the memo.
To compete against the growing threat from financial technology firms, US banks are doubling down on technology, hiring staff from data scientists to machine learning engineers.
Goldman has also backed artificial intelligence start-ups, recently leading a funding round for H2O.ai, an artificial intelligence and automatic machine learning firm that secured $72.5 million from investors.
Cohen, along with co-heading the innovation unit, will also serve as president of Global Affairs. Cohen is also an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The note said Lee will continue to serve in his role as co-chief information officer until 01 October, and will then move to the office of applied innovation.
At that time, Marco Argenti will become sole chief information officer, the memo said. Argenti joined Goldman from Amazon Web Services in 2019, his LinkedIn profile showed.
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