Governing Body Spotlight

Co-Chair of the New York CHRO Community

Ken Cooper

Head of Human Resources


A Bloomberg employee for 30+ years, Ken Cooper currently leads HR at the firm, where he’s guided by the following motto: drive business through Bloomberg’s people. In this capacity, Ken and the team are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce capable of building differentiated products and delivering dedicated customer service. 

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I graduated from Cornell with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and joined Bloomberg's Engineering department in 1987. Here, I worked to develop advanced software, including Bloomberg's inventory management system, technical support tools and the first streaming video prior to the Internet's popularization.

After 14 years in Engineering, I ran Technical Operations and then Trading Systems. This five-year period included two years spent living and working in London. Upon returning to New York, I ran HR for two years before returning to Technical Operations for another seven, and now I am back in HR. 

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

I lead the team with an unwavering commitment to driving collaboration, creativity, innovation and inclusivity. 

With disruption being a key theme of the past few years, where do you see your role as a CHRO going in the next 1-2 years?

Adaptability and resilience will be key.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the role as a CHRO?

Make sure to listen carefully and gather information before making any big changes. Then go for it.

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

  1. I am a father of three.
  2. When not at work, you’ll likely find me on a morning run, at a Yankee game or at a Grateful Dead concert.
  3. I'll be running the NYC Marathon in November to raise money for employees with cancer.

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