Joe Cohen serves as Chief Communications Officer at AXIS (NYSE: AXS), a global provider of specialty insurance and reinsurance with a presence that spans North America, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Bermuda. Mr. Cohen, who joined AXIS in 2016, leads the Company's global in-house communications team and guides brand reputation, external communications and internal/change management communications strategies. He is a member of the Company's Strategy Office, Digital Transformation Office, and its Corporate Citizenship Steering Committee.
Prior to joining AXIS, Mr. Cohen served for two years as SVP of Communications for KIND Healthy Snacks, where he was responsible for guiding the Company’s communications strategy and leading its in-house team. In this role, he helped grow the Company’s brand communications, reputation management, health and wellness advocacy, and issues management functions.
Previously, he spent 15 years at the MWW public relations firm where he rose to become SVP. Mr. Cohen served as a senior member of the agency’s brand marketing and corporate communications practices, where he helped advance department strategy, staff development and drive new business growth while overseeing a number of the Company’s flagship accounts.
He is a past National Chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the largest member association for the communications profession with more than 22,000 members across 110 chapters and 10,000 student members across 330 chapters. Mr. Cohen presently serves as President of the PRSA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion in the communications industry. He is a Trustee of the Institute of Public Relations and sits on the Communications Advisory Panel for the Museum of American Finance.
Mr. Cohen has received numerous industry honors and awards including the PRWeek Global “Power Book” (2017 and 2016), PRWeek “40 Under 40” (2013), "PR Team Leader of the Year" at the PR News PR People Awards (2010) and recognition by PRWeek on its list of Ten Rising Stars (2006).
He holds a bachelor's degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Mr. Cohen is a founding board board member of the Newhouse 44, an alumni group dedicated to fostering mentorship relationships between past and present students.