Deborah Walker, CPA

Title:National Director, Compensation & Benefits

Education:B.A. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, Alfred University; MBA, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill


Deb Walker

Based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Deborah is National Director of the Firm’s Compensation & Benefits Solutions group. She provides executives and employers guidance on short and long term incentive compensation arrangements, both domestically and internationally; tax controversy issues related to employment taxes and compensation items; qualified retirement plans; health benefits including healthcare reform; and other fringe benefits such as expense reimbursement arrangements concentrating on federal tax consequences and achieving strategic business goals. Recognized as a trusted advisor with more than 35 years of experience, Deborah also advises clients on compensation deductions in mergers and acquisitions; accounting methods for compensation items; financial statement reporting of compensation; and ESOPs.

Prior to Cherry Bekaert, Deborah was a partner at two Big Four firms and Deputy to the Benefits Tax Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, developing an extensive understanding in the creation of legislation and regulations. She is the author and co-author of many articles discussing compensation and benefits issues and has recently served as Chair of the AICPA Employee Benefits Conference, an annual conference for CPAs practicing in the employee benefits area.

Specialties/Areas of Expertise

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Employee Benefit Plans
  • Employment Taxes
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Qualified Retirement Plans, including ESOPs

Professional Involvement

  • NACD Governance Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Chair, IRS Commissioner’s Advisory Committee
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Chair, AICPA Annual Employee Benefits Conference

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
  • President, Board of Directors, The Colombia Residences