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Glen A Kohl


Seattle, WA, USA

Glen Arlen Kohl recently moved to Seattle to join Amazon.com as Vice President for Tax & Tax Policy rather than tend to an empty nest in California.  While he is still getting up to speed substantively, his Amazon purchases immediately skyrocketed (as well as the number of requests for discounts). He is thriving in the pet-friendly policy that allows him to bring his two dogs to work. Now he can deflect blame for his mess. Immediately prior to Amazon, he was Senior Vice President - Tax and Treasury, Treasurer at Electronic Arts in January 2004 to December 2010. Prior to this gig, Glen was a partner at Cooley Godward LLP in Palo Alto, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and corporate tax matters in the firm's business department.

The list goes on as Glen is very old - though not as old as Lou Freeman fortunately. Previously, Glen was a Senior Vice President and General Counsel of PeoplePC where, shortly before the 2000-2001 dot-com meltdown, he and his teammates had fun taking the company public while simultaneously working on a credit facility with Chase/H&Q, an international joint venture with Softbank, and the bet-the-company contract with Ford Motor Company. Pathetic though it may be, he still misses those nights sleeping in his office with a coworker's stuffed animal as a pillow (and people still wonder why Mr. Kohl didn't have the foresight to bring his own pillow).

Glen also had his stint in government when he was selected by the Clinton Administration to serve in the Treasury Department, first as tax legislative counsel and later as deputy assistant secretary for tax policy. Sandwiching his time at Treasury, Glen was also a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he worked from 1984 to 1993 and then from 1997-1998. Glen was both chair of Wilson's Tax Department and elected to a term on the executive committee.
Glen received his B.S. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from Tufts University in 1978. At Tufts, he was awarded the Ralph S. Kaye Memorial Prize in Mathematics. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Glen received his J.D. in 1981 from Yale Law School. He received his LL.M. in Taxation and the Harry J. Rudick Memorial Award from New York University School of Law in 1983. To this day, Glen has no idea who Ralph Kaye and Harry Rudick are.

Glen was Acting Assistant Professor at New York University School of Law from 1983 to 1984 and lectured at Stanford University School of Law from 1990 to 1993. He is now Co-Chair of the Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group largely because of his catering skills.

Glen has shed himself of his delusions of grandeur regarding his basketball playing ability. He is now the old guy who sits at the three point line and can only score when no one covers him. On the other hand, Glen is justifiably proud of having seen Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 5 times on his most recent tour (in three different cities). RIP Clarence.

Glen A Kohl is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters A CEO’s and CFO’s Guide to the Effect of Taxes on Deal Terms and the Acquisition Agreement - The Corporate Tax Practice Series (2018 Edition), Thursday, February 15, 2018
Negotiating Merger and Acquisition Agreements - The Corporate Tax Practice Series (2018 Edition), Thursday, February 15, 2018

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