Meet the Asinta Leadership Team

Program Staff

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Asinta Global Executive Director

Every global network needs an excellent central manager, but few are fortunate enough to have one as capable as Wendi. Over the course of fifteen years, Wendi has worked with more than 400 clients, teaming with Asinta’s advisors to clients identify clients’ benefit needs, define project scope and coordinate the risk products or other resources that each project requires. Not that Wendi’s versatility should come as any surprise; before Asinta, she lived in several Latin American countries and then worked on real estate and economic development initiatives. Wendi holds a degree in international studies and a masters in communication leadership from the University of Washington.

Asinta’s Executive Board

Marc Benoit
VP Consulting Group Benefits, Cowan Insurance Group

Marc brings more than twenty years of experience in the employee health benefits industry to his role as Vice President, Consulting, with Cowan Insurance Group. In this capacity, Marc leads both the national, international, and pension teams and is accountable for developing and deploying account acquisition and retention strategies, as well as identifying opportunities for multiline growth, and strategic partnerships. Certified in Global Benefits Management by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Marc fosters and maintains strategic relationships with clients and service partners around the world.

Bret Goodman
Managing Director and Executive Leader of the Global Practice Executive at Alliant Employee Benefits
Bret and his business partner started their own employee benefit brokerage firm (Arlen Group) in 1995, which became part of Alliant in 2010. He has over 25 years of experience as an industry-leading employee benefit consultant and has assisted employers in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences, and professional services. He currently oversees a team of consultants who specialize in guiding medium and large employers through complex insurance, compliance, communication and administration challenges.
john-deanJohn Dean
Director – Punter Southall Health and Protection.John is a Director of Punter Southall Health & Protection Consulting and with over 20 years of experience in health and protection, John advises some of the country´s largest corporate buyers on their changing health and benefit needs. Having graduated from Exeter University, John initially worked for a leading health insurer before moving over to the world of independent advisory services. 
John has previously led teams at multinational brokers as well as working as director for a large insurance company. 
John is a very well-known figure in the industry and has been voted one of the most influential people in the sector. He is also well known for his public speaking and is regularly quoted in the media.

Asinta Executive Board Advisors

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Cassio Giometti is the International Benefits Director at SCIATH Insurance Brokers in Brazil. Cassio joined SCIATH in 2006 after having worked as Senior Account Executive at Marsh and as Auditor at Deloitte & Touche. Cassio is a graduate in Finance at the University de Campinas in Brazil and has a Bachelors in International Business from the California State Polytechnic University Pomona. Cassio is married with two boys and lives in Sao Paolo.


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Jürgen Kropp is Founding and Managing Partner of Profion GmbH, founded in 1989. With over 30 years of experience in the Employee Benefits industry and business expertise he oversaw Profion’s growth and expansion from a purely EB consultancy at inception, to include HR Services in 2012.  Not only a long standing member of the German Association of Occupational Retirement Provision, Jürgen also speaks regularly on the German social security system and Employee Benefits trends at national and international Employee Benefits conferences. Jürgen lives near Munich with his wife and their two children.