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Executive Coach Gary Cohen
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"Gary has the unique ability to focus in and pinpoint the actual issue at hand—the one that lurks below the surface-level symptoms. By being able to accurately articulate the issue, the resolution(s) seem a lot more clear."

Amy Langer and John Folkestad
Co-founders, SALO

Gary B. Cohen

Founder and Executive Coach

Gary Cohen is a highly-skilled Executive Coach, Leadership Author, Trainer, and International Keynote Speaker. His clients range from entrepreneurial CEOs of the nation’s fastest-growing companies to executives of global 100 companies. He differentiates himself from traditional (psycho/therapeutic) executive coaches by bringing a vast amount of business experience as a former Founder / President of one the Nation’s Fastest growing companies.

Gary is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CO2 Partners, LLC, which helps high performers and CEOs elevate their leadership and capability through executive coaching. Organizations can save millions of dollars and can grow by millions more by working with CO2 Partners.


  • Unilever
  • Intel
  • MetLife
  • Thermo-Fisher
  • Many small to mid-sized businesses


His past successes include a small company with 2 employees and $4,000 that grew 50% compounded annually to over 2,200 employees and was taken public on the NASDAQ. The company was ranked in the Top 10 Best Performing Businesses by Venture Magazine and among the 25 Fastest Growing Small Public Companies by Business Journal. Inc. Magazine selected Gary as finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Companies hire Gary for one of the following reasons:

  • To Systematically Put Processes in Place to Get the Business to Scale
  • To Increase Alignment, Engagement, & Accountability of Team or the Organization
  • To Gain Insight & an Unbiased Perspective on Issues, Concerns, & Trade-Offs
  • To Understand How to Navigate the Political Environment to Accelerate Career Advancement


Gary captured his unique question-based approach in the book Just Ask Leadership: Why Great Managers Always Ask the Right Questions (McGraw Hill). He has also written for Business Week, McKinsey Quarterly, Leader to Leader, and Forbes.

His favorite place to vacation is on a pair of skis moving fast.

Specialties: Executive Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Team Coaching, Business Coaching & Strategic Planning

Gary is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

To maximize your own capabilities and to learn more about executive coaching and business coaching, call 612-928-4747 for a risk-free consultation or Contact Online.

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