Retired General Joseph Yakovac, Noted Acquisition Expert, Joins The Cohen Group as Senior Counselor

WASHINGTON , Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cohen Group, an international strategic advisory firm headed by former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen , has announced that Lieutenant General Joseph P. Yakovac, Jr. (U.S. Army - Retired) has joined the firm as a Senior Counselor.

"General Yakovac brings deep experience and knowledge to our team," Secretary Cohen said. "During his military service, he became one of the acknowledged acquisition experts and leading voices on transformation within the military services. His insights and guidance will be most useful for our clients."

Prior to joining The Cohen Group, General Yakovac served in several senior U.S. Army positions, most recently as Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology and Director of the Army Acquisition Corps. In those roles, General Yakovac led the effort to improve the Army's combat capability and provide critical systems and support services. He retired from the Army in January 2007 .

General Yakovac graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1977 and earned an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He served as a platoon leader, executive officer, and company commander in mechanized infantry units and as an assistant professor at West Point . He held numerous field grade assignments before serving as Project Manager, Bradley Fighting Vehicle System at U.S. Tank-automotive Armaments Command (TACOM) and as Assistant Deputy for Systems Management and Horizontal Technology Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).

For his distinguished service, General Yakovac earned the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit three times, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal seven times. He wears the Expert Infantry Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge. He is a graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

General Yakovac will bring his wealth of experience to a distinguished team of senior leaders at The Cohen Group. Other senior members of the firm include:

About The Cohen Group:

The Cohen Group is comprised of more than 40 professionals who have many decades of combined experience working in top-level positions in Congress, the White House, the State Department, the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the intelligence community, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, other federal agencies, the World Bank and in European and Asian governments.

The Cohen Group provides its clients the insights and intelligence needed to better understand and shape the business, political, legal, regulatory, and media environments in which they operate. This includes both developing strategic business plans to help clients achieve their objectives and actively participating with clients in the execution of those plans. The Cohen Group practice groups include Aerospace & Defense; Homeland Security; China ; Information Technology; Telecommunications; Bio-technology; Strategic Communications; Transportation & Logistics; Financial Services & Investment; Real Estate; and Agriculture, serving clients in North America , East Asia , South Asia , Europe , Russia , Australia , Africa and Latin America .

The Cohen Group also has a strong strategic partnership with DLA Piper, an international law firm with 3,700 lawyers and 64 offices in 25 countries throughout the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia . It has leading practices in commercial, corporate and finance, human resources, litigation, real estate, regulatory and legislative, and technology, media and communications.

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