SOURCE: National Business Group on Health

March 06, 2014 12:20 ET

National Business Group on Health Honors PepsiCo's Eric Craven With Prestigious Award

Human Resources Executive Receives 12th Annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in Value Purchasing

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Mar 6, 2014) - The National Business Group on Health, an association of nearly 400 large U.S. employers, today awarded its 12th Annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in Value Purchasing to Eric Craven, Senior Vice President, Total Rewards, at PepsiCo. The prestigious award recognizes Craven for his leadership at PepsiCo and his commitment to the health, productivity and overall well-being of their employees and families.

"We are delighted to honor Eric with this award. He and his team, which includes Erik Sossa, have built upon PepsiCo's proud heritage of excellence in health care purchasing and its history of having strong leaders who are committed to employee health and well-being," said Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and the Chairman of the Business Group Board of Directors' awards committee.

Under Craven's leadership, PepsiCo continues to offer a competitive set of innovative employee benefits, and health and wellness programs. Their offerings include world-class on-site medical centers, a Center of Excellence program, and a multifaceted Healthy Living program that provides a wide range of lifestyle and condition management services such as health risk assessments, on-site wellness events, a 24/7 nurse advice line and maternity care management. The company also offers an enhanced health advocacy program that provides employees and families with personalized and expanded customer services to manage their health care.

"Eric is a well-respected leader in human resources and corporate health benefits," said Helen Darling, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. "In addition to his outstanding contributions at PepsiCo, he has brought vision, corporate leading practices and invaluable support for cutting edge work to the Business Group and its employer members. All of us congratulate Eric on receiving this prestigious award."

The award was presented at the National Business Group on Health's annual Business Health Agenda conference held in Washington, DC.

About the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Value Purchasing

The Business Group annually awards individuals, organizations or programs that encourage the efficient use of health care resources in addition to improving quality and affordability; encourage excellent practices that are started by or involve large employers; or have a proven track record of increasing value in health care through superior purchasing practices or have developed approaches, methodologies and tools that enable outstanding health benefit management practices.

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues and providing practical solutions to its members' most important health care problems. The Business Group helps drive today's health agenda while promoting ideas for controlling health care costs, improving patient safety and quality of care and sharing best practices in health benefits management with senior benefits, HR professionals, and medical directors from leading corporations. Business Group members, which include 66 Fortune 100 companies, provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit

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