CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) - Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, Inc., one of the nation's top independent compensation, benefits, and human resources management consulting firms, has appointed Theodore (Ted) Chien as the firm's new CEO and President.

"Mr. Chien brings more than 20 years of consulting experience in the area of strategic planning within the human resources, benefits and healthcare fields," said Tim Cotter, managing director of Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, who announced the appointment. "He is a seasoned and versatile leader with a wealth of experience in healthcare, finance and strategic compensation initiatives. We welcome him as we continue to expand our leadership in benefits and compensation consulting."

Chien previously served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Client Relationships and was the CEO of Ingenix Consulting within UnitedHealth Group. His prior work includes executive positions with Watson Wyatt Worldwide and Coopers & Lybrand.

In the health care arena, Chien brings his expertise in cost/benefit analysis, benchmarking, business process re-engineering, gap analyses and other measurement activities in conjunction with strategic compensation planning initiatives. He has also assisted in the development of information system strategies to better link providers and purchasers of health care services.

Mr. Chien is a frequent speaker on healthcare informatics, consumer transparency, business model development, employee engagement, and health policy. He will also be opening the new Minneapolis office for the firm.

Headquartered in Chicago, Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, Inc. specializes in the development and implementation of strategic total compensation programs for the healthcare industry. Since 1992, SullivanCotter has worked closely with healthcare organization executives, boards and compensation committees to devise innovative compensation solutions that attract and retain talent while satisfying not-for-profit missions and regulatory requirements. A leader in independent consulting, benchmarking, trends and analysis, SullivanCotter has also developed the most widely recognized physician and executive compensation surveys in the United States. SullivanCotter has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York City, Parsippany (NJ), San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Westport (CT). For more information or to contact Mr. Chien please call 888-739-7039 toll-free or visit

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