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, one of the top advisory, assurance, and tax firms in the U.S.,
announced today that its partnership has elected David
A. Kessler
, a veteran CohnReznick executive, to serve as the firm’s
next Chief Executive Officer. Kessler will assume the CEO role on
February 1, 2020 when current CEO Frank Longobardi completes his term.

Kessler is a member of CohnReznick’s Executive Board and is currently
the Managing Partner 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-Office Managing Partner 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 graduating 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’s School of Continuing Studies and at
the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and
Preservation. He serves on the executive committees and boards of Junior
Achievement of Greater Washington and the Barker Adoption Foundation.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead CohnReznick and look forward to
supporting the growth of our people, providing world-class service to
our clients, and having a lasting positive impact on our communities,”
Kessler said. “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

Longobardi will continue in his role as CEO while working closely with
Kessler to prepare the CEO-Elect for a smooth transition of leadership.
“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 said. “His vision for this firm is exciting
and I am confident in his ability to lead CohnReznick’s next chapter of

About CohnReznick

As a leading advisory, assurance, and tax firm, CohnReznick helps
forward-thinking organizations achieve their vision by optimizing
performance, maximizing value, and managing risk. Clients benefit from
the right team with the right capabilities; proven processes customized
to their individual needs; and leaders with vital industry knowledge and
relationships. Headquartered in New York, NY with offices nationwide,
the firm serves organizations around the world through its global
subsidiaries and membership in Nexia International. For more
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