Former DefSec Mattis Joins The Cohen Group

In this file photo. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis meets with Lithuania’s Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Nov. 28, 2018. Image: U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith

Retired general and defense secretary, James Mattis, is joining business advisory firm The Cohen Group as a senior counselor, according to Sept 9. announcement from the organization.  

Mattis served as the 26th defense secretary from January 2017 to December 2018. During his 43-year career as an infantry Marine, he commanded troops at all levels and retired in 2013.

His major command assignments included U.S. Joint Forces Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation. As the head of the U.S. Central Command, Mattis directed military operations of over 200,000 military personnel across 20 countries.

“Jim Mattis is a national treasure, a leader known throughout the world for his strategic judgment as well as his unyielding principles,” said former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen, chairman of The Cohen Group.  “He is a Marine, a student of history, a scholar and teacher, and a public servant in the truest sense of the term. We are honored to be working with him, and our clients will benefit from his knowledge and guidance.”

In addition to his work with The Cohen Group, which begins in October, Mattis is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a member of the board of directors of General Dynamics and a member of the board of the Tri-Cities Food Bank in his hometown of Richland, Washington.

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