James E. Holland, Jr., Chief Research Actuary, has over three decades of professional, managerial and public service experience working on issues relating to retirement plans and welfare benefit plans. He was a long-time official at the IRS before joining Cheiron. At the IRS, Jim held a variety of positions, was the chief of the actuarial branch for many years, and ended his career as the assistant director for the employee plans rulings and agreement area, where all aspects of the regulatory and legal guidance pertaining to pension plans is produced. In his roles, he often worked with officials from the Treasury Department, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the Department of Labor and other government agencies to develop rules pertaining to both pension plans and welfare benefit plans. At Cheiron, Jim is providing his expertise to consultants and clients on a variety of pension and welfare benefit related issues.
Jim has been a frequent speaker at professional meetings where he made complicated regulations understandable to the pension community. The professional meetings include those of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, the American Academy of Actuaries, and the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. He is currently on the program committee for the Enrolled Actuaries meeting. Usually, he was on numerous sessions at these meetings. Jim taught pension funding and other pension law as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law Center for a number of years.