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American Benefits Council Elects New Officers And Executive Board, Reports Record Membership Growth

Issued by: American Benefits Council

Date: Mar. 11, 2014

Janet Boyd (Dow Chemical) succeeds Wilma Schopp (Sigma Aldrich) as new chair

WASHINGTON, DC, March 10, 2014 At its meeting last week, the American Benefits Council Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers, and two new members of its Executive Board. Officers serve for one year terms and then are eligible for election to other officer roles. Executive Board members serve three year terms.

Elected to serve as Chair of the Board is Janet Boyd, Director of Government Relations, Tax and Benefits for The Dow Chemical Company. She succeeds Wilma Schopp, Global Lead, Compensation, Benefits and HR Operations for Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, who assumes the post of Past Chair and remains an officer.

"Wilma has provided wisdom and vision as the Council has begun development of a long-term public policy strategic plan to shape our priorities and guide our advocacy for the next several years. This effort is critical to strengthening our role as an effective voice for major employer sponsors of benefit plans" Council President James A. Klein said.

"Wilma also presided over yet another year of record growth the seventh consecutive year the Council has represented more companies than at any time since its founding in 1967. From the depths of the recession in December 2008 until today, Council membership has steadily grown by 39 percent from 274 to 381 member organizations; and the number of benefits professionals within those organizations directly served by the Council has more than doubled from about 3,000 to over 6,000," Klein added.

"As an effective advocate for employer sponsors of health and retirement plans, the Council is doing incredibly important work for American business," Schopp said. "I am proud to have led the Council's talented staff and its board of directors, comprised of so many companies committed to sound employee benefits policy."

"Fortunately, Wilma is succeeded by Janet, who combines deep substantive background in employee benefits with extensive experience in public policy in Washington, D.C. Both these skills will be essential to guide the Council through the challenging year ahead," Klein added.

Boyd added, "It is honor to chair the Council, which has a proven track record of success and is highly respected in both the legislative and executive branches of government. The Council's expertise is sought by policymakers on both sides of the political aisle because of its pragmatic approach to solving problems for its corporate members."

Joining Boyd and Schopp among the Council's board leadership are:

  • Vice Chair Jay Kirschbaum, Senior Vice President & National Practice Leader, Employee Benefits Legal & Research Group, Willis Corporation
  • Vice Chair Bob Holcomb, Executive Director, Legislative and Industry Affairs, J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services
  • Treasurer Kate Ranalli, Regional Benefits Director for the Americas, AstraZeneca
  • Secretary Allison Klausner, Assistant General Counsel, Benefits, Honeywell
New members to the Council's 14-member Executive Board are:
  • Tresia Franklin, Director, Rewards and Employee Relations, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • Mark Poerio, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
"Our board leadership possesses both domestic and global expertise in the range of issues on which we engage: health and welfare, retirement and compensation. The Council's members are fortunate to benefit from such talented and dedicated leaders," Klein said.

The American Benefits Council is the national trade association for companies concerned about federal legislation and regulations affecting all aspects of the employee benefits system. The Council's members represent the entire spectrum of the private employee benefits community and either sponsor directly or administer retirement and health plans covering more than 100 million Americans.


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