David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast and chairman of Philadelphia's Chamber of Commerce, will add yet another key Philadelphia post to his resume when he succeeds investment executive James Riepe as chairman of the University of Pennsylvania's board of trustees next fall.

Call him Mr. Philadelphia. This makes Cohen a key player at the biggest Philadelphia-based corporation, the head of its business community, and the chair of its biggest private employer, all at once.

Cohen, a New Yorker, graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 and Penn Law in 1981. "In 2002, he was named founding chairman of the board and executive committee of Penn Medicine," overseeing the Penn medical school and its hospital network, which has reorganized and expanded on his watch, Penn said in a statement.

Tomorrow, the former Ballard Spahr chairman and five-year chief of staff to former Philadelphia Mayor (now Gov.) Ed  Rendell stops by the Bellevue to pick up the Business Leader of the Year award from Drexel University's business college "at a luncheon packed with hundreds of Greater Philadelphia's top executives," Drexel informs.