Walmart exec elected chair of health and benefits group

SAN FRANCISCO -- Walmart’s U.S. VP of benefits, Chris McSwain, was elected chairman of the Integrated Benefits Institute, the organization announced Monday.

“Chris McSwain has played an important leadership role in the health benefits community, and we look forward to his continued leadership with IBI,” said Thomas Parry, president of the non-profit health and productivity research organization.

“The work done by IBI has played a critical role in helping employers and their supplier partners work more effectively to manage workforce health and productivity,” said McSwain. “U.S. employers face both challenges and opportunities as we navigate health reform, and I'm excited to be working with IBI at this critical time.”

Others elected to leadership roles at the organization include Dan Lyon, VP and manager for Liberty Mutual, who was elected vice chair and Anita Weir, manager of health services for Safeway, who was elected treasurer.

IBI provides employers and their supplier partners with resources for demonstrating the business value of health. As a pioneer, leader and nonprofit supplier of health and productivity research, measurement and benchmarking, IBI is a source for benefits performance analysis, research-based approaches and forums for information and education. IBI’s programs, resources and expert member networks advance understanding about the link between – and the impact of – health-related productivity on corporate America’s bottom line.