Associate Vice President
Paul Fermo has over 20 years of experience working within the Department of Defense (DoD), other government entities, and the private sector.
Prior to joining The Cohen Group, Mr. Fermo served as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where he helped develop solutions to strategic and operational business issues. He worked closely with Fortune 500 clients across a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, industrial goods, financial services, consumer goods, biopharma, and healthcare. Key areas of functional expertise included strategic growth planning, cost reduction, supply chain optimization, data analysis, and organizational change management.
From 2013–2016, as an active duty U.S. Navy Commander, Mr. Fermo served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Air-Sea Branch Chief, Force Application Division, where he engaged partners at all levels across the DoD, other federal agencies, congressional committees, and private industry to assess and coordinate changes to U.S. force structure to meet DoD capability requirements. During his role as Air-Sea Branch Chief, he served as the Joint Staff’s subject matter expert and principle point of contact to DoD and private industry teams regarding the development and fielding of joint-use maritime and tactical aviation programs, and prepared staff actions for the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior DoD leaders in order to meet regional combatant command integrated priorities.
Mr. Fermo served in a variety of other senior operational and staff positions throughout his 20 years in the Navy. As a Navy F/A-18 fighter pilot, he accumulated approximately 3,500 flight hours in seven different airframes, successfully completed approximately 500 carrier arrested landings, and led nearly 100 close air support combat missions throughout multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his last Afghanistan deployment, he served as Deputy Commander of a NATO Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, where he led the development and training of the Afghan Air Force in Southwestern Afghanistan. In addition to his operational experience, Mr. Fermo also served in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Department of Defense legislative fellow to the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, where he provided insight and legislative advice on key DoD aviation and maritime programs.
Mr. Fermo holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University, where he earned a Master’s degree in National Security and Resource Strategy.