Josh Cohen

Managing Director
Defined Contribution

Joshua R. Cohen, CFA, is a Managing Director for PGIM’s Institutional Relationship Group (IRG). Josh provides expert counsel and thought leadership to large Defined Contribution plans on investment issues ranging from plan design, Qualified Default Investment Alternatives (QDIA), implications of regulatory change and implementation. Josh works on developing innovative solutions and thought leadership to help plan participants accumulate the wealth needed for their retirement.

Prior to joining PGIM, Josh was the Head of Defined Contribution for Russell Investments where he was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, and growth of Russell Investments’ U.S. Defined Contribution (DC) asset management business across the institutional and intermediary channels. Prior to his twelve years at Russell Investments, Josh spent nine years at Hewitt Associates.

Highly regarded throughout the industry and a recognized DC thought leader, Josh served a three-year term (2013-2015) as a member of the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council on policies and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.  Josh is also actively involved with several industry organizations, including the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA), serving as an executive committee member and former Chair of the Retirement Research Board, and the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and Research Chair. For 2016, Josh was identified by Chief Investment Officer (CIO) magazine as one of the world’s most influential investment thought leaders by being named to the annual Knowledge Brokers list. This marked the fourth consecutive year Josh has received this recognition.

Josh earned his BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Josh holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.


Global Head of IRG
Managing Director
Canada & United States

Managing Director
Asia Pacific ex Japan

Managing Director
United Kingdom

Australia & New Zealand