New York-based CohnReznick LLP (FY18 net revenue of $623.7 million) announces that the partnership group has elected David A. Kessler to serve as its next CEO starting Feb. 1, 2020 at the completion of CEO Frank Longobardi’s term.
Kessler is a member of CohnReznick’s executive board and is currently the MP for the real estate practice, the firm’s largest industry practice, directing the strategies and overseeing operations for the affordable housing, commercial real estate, construction and tax credit groups.
He led CohnReznick’s commercial real estate practice for many years, building a strong national practice and reputation for the firm among developers, investors, private equity fund managers, REITs and other industry stakeholders. He is actively involved with the firm’s advisory, assurance and tax practices.
Kessler previously served as the co-OMP of the firm’s Bethesda, Md., office, where he is based. Kessler is a home-grown leader who began his career at CohnReznick legacy firm Reznick Fedder & Silverman immediately after graduation from the University of Maryland. He has been with CohnReznick for more than 33 years.
Kessler frequently speaks on a variety of business topics at conferences throughout the U.S. and has developed and taught real estate accounting courses at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland.
“My goal is to build upon Frank’s outstanding leadership by continuing to distinguish CohnReznick as the firm with an inclusive environment to foster the careers of our people while providing state of the art solutions to help our clients achieve their vision for their businesses,” Kessler says.
Longobardi will continue in his role as CEO while working closely with Kessler during the transition. “As a highly skilled and experienced advisor, David’s approach to client service clearly demonstrates that being immersed in the issues and opportunities for your industry builds successful relationships and propels growth,” Longobardi says. “His vision for this firm is exciting and I am confident in his ability to lead CohnReznick’s next chapter of success.”