President and Chief Executive Officer
National Business Group on Health
20 F Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
Helen B. Darling is president and chief executive officer of the National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit, membership organization devoted exclusively to providing practical solutions to its employer-members' most important health care problems and representing large employers' perspective on national health policy issues. Its approximately 330 members, including 67 of the Fortune 100 in 2011, purchase health and disability benefits for over 50 million employees, retirees, and dependents.
Ms. Darling was the 2009 recipient of WorldatWork’s Keystone Award, its highest honor in recognition of sustained contributions to the field of Human Resources and Benefits. She received the President’s Award by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2010. She was given a lifetime appointment in 2003 as a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences for her work for the Institute of Medicine.
Ms. Darling serves on the Committee on Performance Measurement of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (co-chair for ten years); the Medical Advisory Panel, Technology Evaluation Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Association); the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care; the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee; the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Learning Healthcare System in the United States; and the National Advisory Council of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum and the congressionally-created Reagan-Udall Foundation.
Previously, she directed the purchasing of health benefits and disability at Xerox Corporation for 55,000 U.S. employees. Ms. Darling was a principal at William W. Mercer and practice leader at Watson Wyatt. Earlier in her career, she was an advisor to Sen. David Durenberger, on the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee. She directed three studies at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Ms. Darling received a master’s degree in demography/sociology and a bachelor’s of science degree in history/English, cum laude, from the University of Memphis.