John Cook | PRG-Schultz International
John Cook, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PRG-Schultz International. As chief financial officer of a large retail corporation in the 80’s, Mr. Cook understood that technology could profoundly change the accounts payable and cost recovery services industry. Mr. Cook’s vision became a reality in 1991when he co-founded The Profit Recovery Group International, Inc.
IN 1991 Mr. Cook co-founded the PRG as a cost recovery services company and grew it from a small enterprise with $5 million in annual revenues into an international publicly held corporation with 2004 revenues of approximately $357 million. In 2002 Mr. Cook merged the world’s two largest recovery audit firms, to form PRG-Schultz, which operates in over 40 countries and has approximately 2,800 employees. In June 1999 Mr. Cook was named Ernst & Young, LLP Regional Entrepreneur of the Year for the Financial Services category and was inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Mr. Cook is actively involved in the Atlanta community, including as a member of the advisory board of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and the Carter Center’s Board of Councilors.
Mr. Cook is the patron and lead donor for The Human Development Foundation, one of Asia’s most innovative health and education NGO’s, which was founded by the Reverend Joseph H. Maier in Bangkok in 1972. In addition, Mr. Cook serves as a board member for the Open Learning Exchange, a partner organization of the South Asia Children’s Fund.
Mr. Cook holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Saint Louis University. He is a member of the university’s board of trustees and serves on the executive advisory board of the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University where he has provided full financial support for dozens of south Asian students.