SullivanCotter Name New Principal to Southfield Office


CHICAGO — Sullivan, Cotter and Associates Inc., an independent compensation, benefits and human resources management consulting firms, has named David Birnbaum as a principal who will lead the Southfield office.

Birnbaum joins SullivanCotter with nearly 25 years of experience in consulting and business leadership. He brings a vast array of knowledge in executive and broad-based compensation and benefits within different industries, including health care. Birnbaum will work with clients to develop total compensation strategies that align with their changing business needs and he brings deep expertise in mergers and acquisitions. He has worked closely with boards of directors and served as the primary liaison between management and the compensation committee in not-for-profit, publicly held and private organizations.

“David’s wealth of business experience has helped him develop a deep understanding of the issues that matter most to our clients,” said Jim Rohan, managing director of SullivanCotter’s Central Region. “We’re pleased to count him among our outstanding team members and look forward to leveraging his expertise as leader of our Detroit office.”

Prior to joining SullivanCotter, Birnbaum served as vice president of Global Compensation and Benefits at Avaya, IAC and Premier, where he was responsible for all global compensation and benefits programs for active, union and retired employees, including overseeing payroll, HRIS and facilities. He has also served in leadership roles with other global consultancies, including Deloitte, Clark Consulting (now Integrated Healthcare Strategies) and KPMG. Birnbaum recently served as a Consultant at ClearCost Health, a startup venture providing price transparency engines for health and welfare benefits plans.

Birnbaum has a bachelor of science in biology from Syracuse University in New York and a master of bBusiness administration in accounting from Baruch College at the City University of New York. Additionally, he previously served as the chairman of the board of the Chemical Dependency Center in Charlotte, N.C. and as a board member of the American Benefits Council.