Clarity Expands its Actuarial Practice

Clarity in Numbers, LLC (Clarity) today announced its addition of a new practice leader to consult with closely held businesses.

According to a press release, Alex Kuhel has been hired to lead the Cash Balance Plan practice.  Before joining Chicago-based Clarity, Kuhel served as Consulting Actuary for over 100 closely held businesses nationwide, according to a press release.  Prior to that, he served as primary consultant for several law firms and smaller organizations at J.P. Morgan Compensation and Benefits Strategies, along with Towers Perrin and Price WaterhouseCoopers.

The firm also said that Shawn Marnell was recently hired to lead Clarity’s Defined Benefit Administration practice.  Prior to joining Clarity, Marnell managed call centers and benefit administration teams serving retirement plan sponsors of all sizes as an Administrator for Mercer LLC and Hewitt Associates.  He maintains responsibility for providing Clarity’s outsourcing solution for defined benefit administration services.

Other recent additions to the firm include:

Jeffrey M. Van Wagner, who assists employers in providing actuarial valuation, administration and consulting services in many industries: not-for-profit, tax-exempt, and publicly traded Fortune 100 companies.  “Jeff leads the efforts to ensure that management understands the significant impact oftheir employee benefit programs during business combinations and divestitures by providing financial statement and cash flow analyses, purchase price considerations, and post-merger integration and design. Jeff also provides guidance and leads the process for our clients in the event of a plan freeze, or plan termination,” according to a press release.  Before joining Clarity, Van Wagner was with Towers Watson, formerly Watson Wyatt Worldwide, and Ernst & Young. 

Anna M. Mitchell brings both accounting and actuarial perspectives to Clarity’s clients with close to 20 years of experience at three other major benefits consulting firms, according the firm.  Mitchell served as a lead consultant and set peer review procedures for retirement clients at a national consulting and accounting firm. Before joining Clarity, Mitchell served as lead consultant and client manager with RSM McGladrey, Mercer LLC, and Towers Watson, formerly Towers Perrin.

Clarity is a national actuarial consulting practice focused on serving small-to-medium-sized businesses and any size governmental organization. More information about Clarity In Numbers is available at