Business Group on Health Names Brendon Perkins As Chair of Board of Directors

Nielsen SVP Has Broad Experience in Health Care, Global Benefits & Well-being

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 13 — Business Group on Health, the preeminent health and well-being association representing employers, named Brendon Perkins, senior vice president for Global Total Rewards and People Partnering at Nielsen, as chair of its board of directors.

Perkins joined the Business Group’s board in 2018 and has served on its executive committee, including most recently chairing the finance committee. He has 25 years of broad experience in health care, global benefits, well-being, retirement plans and compensation. He has led total rewards for many of his 15 years at Nielsen, recently assuming responsibility for local onsite people support in nearly 50 countries, employee and labor relations, the people components of mergers and acquisitions, and human resources compliance.

Prior to joining Nielsen, Perkins was a principal at Mercer in their Health and Benefits business. He also serves on the board of directors for the Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc.

“Business Group on Health will benefit from Brendon’s natural leadership abilities and extensive experience,” said Ellen Kelsay, president and CEO of the Business Group. “He has significant influence and impact across many critical health and well-being areas. I look forward to partnering with him to ensure that we continue to positively impact our members and shape the industry for years to come.”

Perkins succeeds Jim Huffman, who served as board chair since August 2019. “I am grateful for Jim’s partnership and thank him for his years of dedication and profound contributions to Business Group on Health,” Kelsay said. “He was integral in shepherding a period of significant transformation for the organization.”

Perkins said, “I am honored to serve as board chair and to further collaborate with the board and leadership of Business Group on Health as we continue to strategically advance the organization’s mission.”

About Business Group on Health

Business Group on Health is the leading non-profit organization representing large employers’ perspectives on optimizing workforce strategy through innovative health, benefits and well-being solutions and on health policy issues. The Business Group keeps its membership informed of leading-edge thinking and action on health care cost and delivery, financing, affordability and experience with the health care system. Business Group members include 72 Fortune 100 companies as well as large public-sector employers, who collectively provide health and well-being programs for more than 60 million individuals in 200 countries. For more information, visit