SOURCE: National Business Group on Health

November 11, 2013 10:15 ET

Helen Darling, President and CEO of National Business Group on Health, to Retire on April 30, 2014

Brian Marcotte Named as Successor

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Nov 11, 2013) - Helen Darling, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health since 2001, announced today that she will retire at the end of April 2014. The Business Group's Board of Directors also announced it will appoint Brian Marcotte to succeed Darling as President and CEO, effective May 1, 2014. Marcotte, currently vice president of compensation and benefits at Honeywell, will retire after 20 years at the company. Darling will serve as a senior adviser to assist with this leadership transition through the end of 2014.

"Helen has been an outstanding leader and is widely considered one of the most influential and innovative authorities on health care in America," said Pamela Kimmet, Chair of the Board of Directors. "Helen is a true visionary and under her leadership for the past 12 years, the Business Group has been transformed into a major force shaping health care policy and practices for its member companies. The Board would like to thank Helen for her years of dedication to the Business Group and for the many contributions that she has made to the organization and its members."

Darling said, "I have had the privilege of being in health care and health policy for more than 30 years and helped shape employers' responses to their many challenges. It has been a thrill to work with so many iconic, creative companies, including in the past 3 years, during which we have seen tectonic changes. I am very proud of the 377 members we serve and the great leadership team that we have assembled. I love this business, but I'm ready to retire from such an intense full-time job. I am especially happy that we were able to hire Brian knowing that he will take the organization to the next level in a different world. He will be an outstanding leader for us."

Darling joined the Business Group as President and CEO in September 2001. During her tenure, she has emerged as one of the nation's foremost authorities and a leading voice on employer-sponsored health care benefits and the U.S. health care system. She has been recognized by many national organizations for her outstanding contributions to corporate human resources and benefits. In 2012, Darling was given NCQA's Health Quality Leader Award. She was named in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as one of "100 Most Influential People in Health Care" in the United States by Modern Healthcare and One of the Top 25 Women in Health Care in 2011 and 2013. She was selected in 2003 as a National Associate to the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of her contributions to the Institute of Medicine. She was given the President's Award by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2010.

Before joining the Business Group, Darling served as practice leader at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, and directed the purchasing of health benefits and disability at Xerox Corporation for 55,000 U.S. employees, plus their dependents and retirees. Before joining Xerox, Darling was a principal at William W. Mercer. Earlier in her career, Darling was an advisor to Sen. David Durenberger, the ranking Republican on the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee. She directed three studies at the Institute of Medicine for the National Academy of Sciences. Darling received a master's degree in demography and sociology and a Bachelor of Science degree in history and English, cum laude, from the University of Memphis.

Marcotte is currently the vice president of compensation and benefits at Honeywell, where he has responsibility for the strategy, design and implementation of global total rewards for the company's 135,000 employees in over 100 countries. He joined Honeywell in 1993 as director, group insurance programs in corporate human resources and has held various corporate and business positions. Prior to joining Honeywell, Marcotte had responsibility for Marriott Corporation's health care programs where he was instrumental in implementing managed care on a nationwide basis. He also worked as a consultant for Health Management Strategies in Washington, DC and as a graduate assistant for two years with Blue Cross of Northern Ohio while working towards a Master of Science and Education degree at the University of Toledo. Marcotte earned a BS in health and biology from Rhode Island College.

Marcotte is considered a thought leader in health care and an early adopter of strategies to improve the efficiency of health care delivery. He implemented a medical decision support program in 1999 for Honeywell employees and their families to give them access to top medical school physicians and best practice guidelines to help them make informed decisions regarding their health care. He implemented Honeywell's HealthResource program in 2004 providing employees with a suite of best in class health care and lifestyle management programs which won NBGH's 2005 President's Award for Health Benefit Communications. He implemented a full-replacement, Consumer-Directed Health Plan in 2012 together with a consumer-centric transparency tool and communications strategy to engage employees to be more involved in their health care decisions. In a 2013 Towers Watson Health Care 360 Performance study of 830 employers, Honeywell's medical plan ranked in the top 10% for medical efficiency.

"With all of the health care benefit challenges that large employers are facing, the Board is confident that Brian is the ideal person to take the helm during this exciting and transformative time," said Kimmet. "Brian has a deep understanding of the health care issues and policy considerations that are important to our members and large employers in general. His vision and financial and operating acumen make him the ideal CEO to lead our organization in the coming years. The Board is also very pleased that Helen will remain as a senior adviser as part of our long planned and seamless transition process."

Marcotte said: "I have been privileged to work for a great company for 20 years. With my retirement from Honeywell, I will be able to bring deep business experience to leading the Business Group and its members. I care deeply about health care and health policy, and can now turn my attention to those issues full time. I am honored to succeed Helen and look forward to leading the Business Group to help its members navigate the ever changing health care landscape with world-class solutions, superior member services, and meaningful public policies."

About the National Business Group on Health(SM)
The National Business Group on Health (the Business Group) is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and providing strategic and practical solutions to its members' most important health care and health benefits challenges.

Business Group members are primarily Fortune 500 companies and large public-sector employers -- representing the nation's most innovative health care purchasers -- that provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. The Business Group fosters the development of a safe, high-quality health care delivery system and treatments based on scientific evidence of effectiveness. Business Group members share strategies for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care, increasing productivity and supporting healthy lifestyles.

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