WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - August 6, 2009) - The board of directors of the National Business Group on Health announced today its appointment of Pamela Kimmet, senior vice president of human resources at Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE), as its new chair effective July 15, 2009. Kimmet has served as director of the Business Group since March 2004 and succeeds Harry Spencer, who was chair for the past 4 years.

"The Board has tremendous confidence in Pam's great experience and leadership qualities, especially at this critical time when national health care reform is at the center of the national agenda," said Helen Darling, president of the Business Group. "Pam led our Public Policy Work Group for over 4 years and with her knowledge and corporate experience, the Board could not have chosen a more suitable candidate for this position."

"I am honored to take on this position following in Harry's footsteps. I am excited to work with the Business Group and their continued efforts in helping employers transform the nation's health care delivery system," Kimmet said.

As senior VP of human resources at CCE, Kimmet oversees the global operations of a department that deals with over 70,000 employees and develops and implements the company's human resources initiatives. Prior to CCE, Kimmet was the senior managing director and head of global human resources at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and senior vice president of human resources for Lucent Technologies, now Alcatel-Lucent. Previously, she held leadership positions at Citigroup, and General Motors Corporation. Kimmet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University.

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health (Business Group) is a non-profit membership organization of more than 280 members, including 60 of the Fortune 100. The Business Group is devoted to providing practical solutions to its employer-members' most important health care problems and serving as the voice for large employers on national health care issues and public policy. Its members purchase health and disability benefits for over 55 million people. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org

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