David M. Cole

Managing Director

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Atlanta, GA
P: 212.299.3661

David Cole has over 25 years of human resources and executive compensation consulting experience.

David’s client assignments have been with both public and privately held companies in industries that include: insurance, diversified financial services, pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing, paper/packaging manufacturing, media, technology, business process outsourcing and professional services. David is also a specialist in assisting companies with M&A transactions and initial public offerings.

Representative compensation committee advisory relationships include Allergan, Alleghany, AMN Healthcare, Beacon Roofing Supply, DCT Industrial, Endurance Specialty Holdings, ExlService Holdings, FTI Consulting, Hanover Insurance, PepsiCo, PRA Group, SBA Communications, Teleflex, Valley National Bancorp, and WellCare Health Plans. His consulting engagements focus on providing independent consulting services to compensation committees and working cooperatively with management to develop compensation philosophies and strategies, total compensation structures, and annual and long-term incentive programs.

On behalf of the firm, David is the subject matter expert for equity valuations and executive pension plans.

Previously, David worked at Towers Perrin and Kwasha Lipton as a consulting actuary.

Relevant Experience

  • Accounting Issues
  • Equity Valuations
  • Executive Pension Plans
  • Performance Measurement
  • Proxy Advisory Firm Corporate Governance Guidelines
  • Tax Issues
  • Transaction Issues (Spin-off, IPO, M&A)

Speaking Engagements and Presentations

Event | February 3, 2021

Cool Compensation Considerations for the Private Company 2021: Pay, Performance and Perspectives
By David M. Cole, Managing Director

Event | June 19, 2006
New York, NY

Executive Compensation
By David M. Cole, Managing Director

Event | April 6, 2006
Chicago, IL

Executive Compensation
By David M. Cole, Managing Director

Event | September 9, 2005
New York, NY

Compensation Committee Best Practices
By David M. Cole, Managing Director


Research Report | February 17, 2022
Global Top 250 Compensation Survey 2021/2022
By David M. Cole, Stephen Hom, Marco Pizzitola
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Research Report | December 17, 2018
2018 Global Top 250 Compensation Survey
By David M. Cole, Stephen Hom, Jason Light
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Research Report | October 1, 2014
The 2014 Relative Total Shareholder Return Performance Award Report
By Jin Fu, David M. Cole
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Alert | November 22, 2006
ISS 2007 Policy Updates
By Wendy J. Hilburn, David M. Cole
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