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Join the NACD Philadelphia Chapter for our March 3 Program with special guest David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, for a discussion on deepening Board engagement in the strategy process. David recently announced a transition from his day to day operational leadership role ultimately to serve as a senior counselor to the CEO after helping to transform the Philadelphia-based cable company into a global media and technology company since joining Comcast almost 20 years ago.
David will share how corporate board and management can work together to develop strategy, the challenges and pitfalls of "getting it right,” and his experience in the board room and at Comcast.
We will discuss how corporate directors should not limit their engagement in strategy development to annual discussions with management or crisis situations, and how board engagement on strategy is a continual process, and issues related to strategy should be the central focus of board activity year-round.
The Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Strategy Development discusses why boards should reassess how they approach their role in strategy, and provides a framework for earlier board engagement in the company’s strategy formulation, and tips for changing the rhythm of the board’s dialogue with management on strategy.
David L. Cohen is a Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. Effective January 1, 2020, David has announced a transition from his leadership roles in the broad portfolio of responsibilities that he has overseen since his arrival at the Company, including corporate communications, legal affairs, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, corporate administration, corporate real estate and security, and community impact. He also serves as senior counselor to the CEO. Previously, David also served as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer. Before joining Comcast in July of 2002, David served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.
A native of New York, David graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 with a B.A. and in 1981 with a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude). From January 1992 to April 1997, David served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As detailed in the book A Prayer for the City, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger, David played a critical coordinating role in significant budgetary and financial issues, in economic development activities, in collective bargaining negotiations, and in a wide variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city.
David serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee. He also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine. In addition, David serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Chamber’s CEO Council for Growth. He is also Honorary Chair of Campus Philly’s Board of Directors, is Chair of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, is a member of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission and is a member of its Executuive Committee, and is Chair of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Philadelphia Bid Committee. David also serves as Chair of the national board of City Year and its Executive Committee and Co-Chair of its Governance Committee. He also serves on the national board of the National Urban League and is Chair of its Audit Committee, and is Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of UnidosUS. Additionally, David is a member of the Board of Directors of FS Global Credit Opportunities Fund and serves as Chair of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
David has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1993), the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award (1999), the National Cable Television Association Vanguard Award for Leadership and Impact in the Cable Industry (2005), the President’s Volunteer Service Award (2007), the MS Society Hope Award (2007), the Drexel University Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the National Urban League of Philadelphia Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), The William Way Community Center Amicus in Res Award (2009), the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (2012), the Spirit of Asian American Award (2012), the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award (2012), the Community Hero Award (2013), the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Champion of Youth Award (2015), the Peirce College Legacy of Leadership Award (2016), the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), the 4-H Brand Champion Award (2018), Kappa Alpha Psi’s “Distinguished Citizens Award” (2019), and has consistently been named to Black Enterprise magazine’s list of top corporate diversity executives. David also was awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Drexel University (1997), Rider University (2010), and Rowan University (2017).