NU Online News Service, April 26, 2005, 4:15 p.m. EDT

The National Business Group on Health, Washington, has hired Ellen Goldstein to be the first director of its new Global Benefits Institute.[@@]

The NBGH helps large employers gather benefit plan data and develop and promote benefit policy proposals.

The Global Benefit Institute will help multinational employers share data on multinational plans and find ways to improve those plans, according to the NBGH.

Goldstein spent more than 10 years as a lobbyist for the medical technology operation at General Electric Company, Fairfield, Conn., and as a lobbyist for General Electric’s benefits purchasing operations. Goldstein also has been chairman of the Corporate Health Care Coalition, Washington, a coalition of large self-insured employers.

Early in her career, Goldstein was an assistant director of the White House domestic policy staff during the administration of President Jimmy Carter.