Timothy J. Cotter

Chairman and Managing Director

Timothy J. Cotter is a Managing Director at SullivanCotter.  With over 40 years of consulting experience, Tim has worked with a wide variety of employers in designing and evaluating reward systems for all types of employees.

Tim’s expertise in the health care field is extensive, having assisted more than 400 health care organizations with board, executive, physician and staff compensation matters. His clients include leading hospitals, integrated delivery systems, academic health systems, physician groups and health plans.

As a speaker, Tim has appeared frequently before national health care groups such as ACHE, AHLA and the Governance Institute to discuss trends in compensation and related governance practices for tax exempt organizations. He also has served as a faculty member for the management education programs of leading universities and professional organizations.

Tim’s articles have appeared in numerous professional journals, including Trustee, Exempt Organization Tax Review, Healthcare Financial Management, Board Source, HR Pulse and Health Lawyers Weekly. A sampling of publications Tim has written or co-authored include:

  • Agenda for the Executive Compensation Committee: A Guide for Minimizing Regulatory and Reputational Risk published by Great Boards, a publication of the American Hospital Association.
  • Structuring “co-CEO” Arrangements: A Guide for the General Counsel published by Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law & Accountability Report.
  • Clawbacks, Compliance and Incentive Compensation: A Supplemental Approach published by the CLS (Columbia Law School) Blue Sky Blog.
  • Updated Guidance for the Board’s Executive Compensation Committee and The Board’s Role in Approving Executive Compensation published by the Governance Institute.
  • Aligning Executive Compensation with the New Health Care Paradigm: What the Board Needs to Know published by the Center for Healthcare Governance.
  • Governance Institute e-Briefings focused on physician, executive and board compensation.

Tim holds a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations degree from Michigan State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of several professional organizations, including WorldatWork, which has designated him as a Certified Compensation Professional.

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