Maria Walsh of Hearst Named to Board Of Business Group on Health

‘Creative Leader With Wealth of Experience in Benefits Arena’

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16 — Business Group on Health, the esteemed health and well-being association representing large employers, has named Maria Walsh, senior vice president and global head of benefits at Hearst, to its board of directors.

Walsh leads benefits strategies across Hearst, the global media, information and services company with operations in 40 countries. She oversees health and well-being programs and retirement plans to safeguard Hearst employees’ physical, financial, emotional and family well-being. In addition, Walsh is a scout for HearstLab, a community of early-stage, women-led startups working inside Hearst, and participates in several executive client advisory groups.

Earlier in her career, Walsh served as vice president of global benefits and mobility at Nielsen, leading benefits and well-being strategies for the company’s more than 46,000 employees in 100 nations. She also has worked at Citibank, UBS and Prudential Financial.

“We are fortunate to have Maria join the board of Business Group on Health,” said Ellen Kelsay, its president and CEO. “She has designed innovative global benefit programs for a diverse workforce, and her deep experience will inform our critical work on behalf of large employers.”

Brendon Perkins, chair of the Business Group’s board of directors and senior vice president for Global Total Rewards and People Partnering at Nielsen, said, “I’m delighted to collaborate again with Maria, a creative leader with a wealth of experience in the benefits arena, and would like to officially welcome her to the board of Business Group on Health.”

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