Glynn David Cohen’s Profile
Glynn David Cohen was born in Kadoma, Zimbabwe on 15 February 1960 and resides in Monaco where he has been a resident for the past eight years.
In 1980 Glynn Cohen independently started a clothing factory, CohCoh Enterprises and during the early years he proceeded from there in making various acquisitions of clothing factories in Zimbabwe, becoming one of the largest clothing companies with the most substantial export markets in the country. With the acquisition of Taig Enterprises, he was able to expand his export market substantially and later continued building and adding acquisitions to the business including the assets of Fashion Enterprises, Julie White, Screen Tone and Stanley Fashions. At its peak, the CohCoh and Taig Group employed in excess of 3600 people and covered a whole cross section of clothing manufacturing for export and local consumption. Despite the harsh economic climate in the last decade, this operation has sustained and is one of the remaining large clothing manufacturers in Zimbabwe today, managed by a loyal team who has worked for Glynn for 30 years.
In the mid 1980s, Glynn turned his attention to what he saw as tremendous potential for trucking commodities from Zimbabwe and South Africa up into Sub Saharan Africa, and returning the trucks with commodities required in the South from these Northern African countries. In 1985 Glynn founded GDC Logistics in Botswana and then in 1986 expanded this company to Zimbabwe. Thereafter and in quick succession, he opened up operations in South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Mauritius. By this time, they were one of the largest contractors to the United Nations WFP as well as many of the large mining and trading operations in Sub Saharan Africa. In 1996 a merger took place with Super Group which included the trading, logistics, trade finance company and commodity trade finance operations, as well as warehousing, handling, re-bagging, intermediate storage, international freight forwarding and clearing and customs brokerage. Super Group had become a listed company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, making this one of the largest logistics operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. At its peak Super Group had 10,000 trucks and 12,000 employees.