David Cohn

Benefits Practice Co-Leader and Atlanta Office Leader

David Cohn is a Principal at SullivanCotter and co-leader of the firm’s Benefits Practice. With more than 20 years of consulting experience, David combines his strengths as an actuary and as a creative problem solver to help hospitals, health systems and tax-exempt organizations design executive total rewards programs that meet their needs. He also works with organizations to refresh and refine the design of executive benefits strategies.

David’s experience includes:

  • Leading teams that advise boards and compensation committees on how to use total rewards for executives to attract and retain top leadership talent and drive organization results.
  • Designing total compensation philosophies and programs that strike the right balance of base pay, incentives and benefits to align with business goals and keep pace with industry changes.
  • Working with top management to develop succession planning that facilitates orderly leadership transitions and initiates development of internal talent.
  • Advising organizations on the competitiveness, design and management of executive benefits, including retirement income and deferred compensation plans.
  • Helping boards and management understand regulations and market trends that affect executive compensation, benefits and program governance strategies to ensure appropriate organizational oversight.
  • Preparing formal opinion letters regarding the reasonableness of compensation provided to disqualified persons of not-for-profit 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) organizations.

Previously, David was a consulting actuary at global accounting and human resources consulting firms. He is a member of the Society of Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries. David is also certified to perform actuarial services by the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries.

An expert on “Implications of tax law and industry changes on executive benefits,” David frequently presents to members of the American Health Lawyers Association, state hospital associations and large law firms.

David received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He also has a Master of Actuarial Science from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business in Atlanta.

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