Think Global, Act Glocal! Designing a Global Benefits Strategy

NEBGH Members – HR/Benefits Team Member: 8:00 AM arrival, facilitated employer-only roundtable 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

All Other NEBGH Members: 9:30 AM arrival, program 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Navigating differences in access and how services are provided – healthcare, dependent care, financial benefits, vacations and family friendly benefits — makes global benefit design complex.  What does success look like when it comes to global benefit strategies?

We’ll address:

  • Making sure employees have access to the essentials
  • Providing family-friendly benefits that take into account employee needs, global corporate policies and local norms
  • Developing an approach to mental health using examples of global programs that work

…and more!



Dr. Mark Cunningham-Hill

Medical Director

Dr. Cunningham-Hill is an employee health expert known for his ability to create, identify and implement high-quality workplace health programs including prevention and screening, chronic illness interventions, and mental health and wellbeing initiatives. His broad occupational medicine and public health experience encompasses addressing chronic diseases impacting employers, employees and communities within the context of  social, cultural and racial determinants of health.

Mark has served as the Medical Director for Northeast Business Group on Health since early 2018. Until 2017, he served as Senior Director, Global Solutions Center and Head of Occupational Medicine at Johnson & Johnson, Inc . At J&J, Mark led a team of experts covering occupational medicine, health and wellness, personal energy management, EAP and mental wellbeing, and work-life effectiveness, and supported regional operational groups delivering health services to 135,000 employees in 120 companies. Prior to seven years at J&J, Mark spent 17 years at GlaxoSmithKline in both London and Philadelphia, including as Head of Global Operations, Employee Health Management.

Mark received his MB ChB, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Manchester University in the UK. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, London.


Kristina Maercklein

Manager, International Benefits
Colgate-Palmolive Company

Kristina Maercklein manages the development of global policies and solutions to benefit programs and funding around the world at Colgate-Palmolive Company and is responsible for providing local and regional leadership with technical and strategic benefit advice. 

Kristina joined Colgate from American International Group, where she was Director, Institutional Markets and led underwriting and administration processes for group benefits insurance products. Previously, she worked at Willis Towers Watson as International Benefits Consultant, advising multinational clients in all aspects of pension and benefits, including plan design, funding and post-deal HR Mergers and Acquisitions integration.

Kristina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science from University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and is an Associate of Society of Actuaries (ASA). 

Matias Arias-Duval

Director, Health & Wellness Benefits | Total Rewards
Colgate-Palmolive Company

Matias Arias-Duval is director of health & wellness benefits and total rewards at Colgate-Palmolive Company where he is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic direction of the company’s health and welfare benefits programs.

He began his career at Colgate-Palmolive Company in 1998 as a project leader in the global information technology group. In 2006 he joined the global HR service organization as a global benefit consultant responsible for the design, coordination and delivery of the Company’s benefits programs in the US and Puerto Rico. In 2011, his role expanded to also be responsible for the annual budget administration, employee communications, regulatory compliance, vendor management and analytics.  

He earned his System Engineer degree from the Universidad Abierta Interamericana in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Anthony Tropea

Senior Manager, International Benefits - HR CoE Reward, Benefits Strategy and Governance, Human Resources

Anthony Tropea is an experienced HR leader with a background in global benefits. He is curious, optimistic and enjoys learning and being challenged.

Anthony has spent over eight years in international benefits. He helped design, implement and embed GSK’s first-of-its-kind, global flagship Health and Wellbeing programme, Partnership for Prevention (P4P). He has had the amazing opportunity to travel to and work in over 20 countries.

Currently, he is the Strategic Benefits Advisor in GSK’s Health & Wellbeing CoE. Anthony’s primary responsibilities are developing a targeted wellness intervention strategy globally, embedding and growing P4P and sitting on GSK’s Captive Underwriting and Oversight Committee. Anthony brings his extensive benefits knowledge to the Health & Wellbeing team where he also consults on various projects including the strategic relationships between his team and GSK’s captive.

Ever since he was young, Anthony has had a passion for helping others. He’s manifested this passion in multiple ways: from volunteering in his community to fundraising for causes important to his family. He and his wife aspire to start our own foundation in the very near future.

When he’s not working, he and his wife love to travel and learn about other cultures. In addition, he loves spending time with family and friends, reading, playing basketball and as a Philadelphia native, he’s very passionate about all their sports teams.

Flavia Miranda, GBA

Global Welfare Design & Employee Program Leader
Johnson & Johnson

Flavia Miranda is a Global Welfare Design & Employee Program Leader at Johnson & Johnson with over 18 years of global benefits experience.

In her current role, Flavia is responsible for the development of innovative employee focused global benefits programs, including but not limited to life, accident, disability, leave and mobility programs.  Most recently, she successfully implemented a Global Risk Program across 36 countries that saved the Company several million dollars, with no impact on customer service or coverage levels.  And, she also was responsible for the design of a Johnson & Johnson Parental Affinity Group in partnership with

Flavia is passionate about designing and implementing benefit plans and programs to meet the current needs of her customers today while also anticipating future benefits trends.

She holds a master’s degree in Employment and Labor Relations from Rutgers, and a Group Benefits Associate (GBA) Designation by the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans & Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.  Outside work, Flavia enjoys spending time with her family, practicing Yoga, Bodystep and is an avid tennis player.