Ellen Kelsay

by Jasmine Batchelor

March 18, 2020

Chief Strategy Officer,
Business Group on Health

Ellen is chief strategy officer for Business Group on Health.
Business Group on Health is the nation’s only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers’ perspectives on national health issues and helping companies optimize business performance through health and well-being improvement and delivery system transformation. The Business Group leads initiatives to address the most relevant health care issues facing employers today and enables executives, human resource and benefit leaders to convene, learn, share and leverage best practices for improving health and controlling health care costs from the most progressive companies. Business Group members are the largest and most progressive employers, including 74 Fortune 100 companies and over 445 companies in total who provide health coverage and well-being offerings for more than 60 million employees, retirees and their families in over 200 countries.

As Chief Strategy Officer, Ellen is responsible for shaping the strategy for the organization and its membership for the future. She has overall strategic and operational responsibility for several key initiatives including the Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions, the Executive Committee on Value Purchasing and the Leadership Forum on Employee Experience.

Previously Kelsay was a senior partner at Mercer; a global Human Resources consulting firm. During her 20-year tenure with Mercer, she held several roles including: senior strategic consultant, member of the North America Leadership Team, and market business leader for East, South, Mid Atlantic and Canadian regions. She was responsible for leading the successful delivery of strategic consulting services to clients across the geography. She also led several strategic and operational initiatives on behalf Mercer’s North America Health & Benefits business. Kelsay worked at Aetna prior to joining Mercer.

Kelsay has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and business administration from the University of Richmond and is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF), Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. She is an active volunteer at the Arlington Free Clinic.

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