SAN MATEO, California, 12/17/13 — (BusinessWire)– ABD Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Edward I. Cha as Vice President and Global Benefits Practice Leader. Mr. Cha will be responsible for the development, communication, and management of international programs and will serve as a strategic consultant to ABD’s multinational clients on broad benefits issues.
“The ability to leverage the best global talent sets the leaders apart from the laggards,” said Brian Hetherington, CEO of ABD. “Ed has the skills to manage our international growth, and we are delighted to have his help in leading from the front.”
Mr. Cha has been consulting with multinational and global firms for over eight years, with a focus on international employee benefits and mergers & acquisitions. Previously, he was National Practice Leader, Client Services in the International Employee Benefits Practice for Wells Fargo Insurance, Inc. and Client Management Partner for Mercer LLC. Mr. Cha earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in chemistry and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“My goal at ABD is to ensure that we meet – and exceed – our clients’ international benefit needs,” Mr. Cha said. “Whether that means understanding superannuation changes in Australia, preparing for automatic enrollment in the UK, or benchmarking meal allowance benefits in Brazil, ABD has a solution.”
Today’s benefits executives are tasked with delivering competitive programs to attract and retain employees in diverse environments and cultures, while controlling costs and streamlining administration. ABD helps solve these challenges through its global partnership with the Worldwide Broker Network. The team strives to be as proficient at managing programs in Singapore as they are at managing similar programs in San Francisco.
“Ed brings to ABD a proven track record of delivering on this promise,” said Darren Brown, ABD’s Executive Vice President and Founding Principal. “We are thrilled that Ed is joining The ABD Team as our Global Benefits Practice Leader. Under his direction, I am extremely confident that we have positioned our team successfully to meet the growing demands of this critical business issue.”
Developing a plan for talent engagement and total rewards has become a global strategic imperative – and growing organizations need expert guidance to help them navigate the various regulations and issues that arise.
Said ABD’s President Kurt de Grosz: “Companies look to ABD to help them handle the complex details so that they can focus on building success. Adding Ed to the ABD Team builds upon our leadership position in international employee benefits, and gives our clients the confidence that they’re covered.”
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