Who we are Leadership Team

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Our leadership team invests in team members, innovation, and solutions so we can continue driving human performance outcomes and inspire people to aim higher and achieve their goals.

Located all over the world, EXOS leaders bring varied experiences and perspectives to our clients. Meet a few of our leaders below.

Mark Verstegen

Founder and President

One of the world’s foremost experts on human performance, Mark Verstegen pioneered the concept of integrated performance training, which he’s brought to the world’s top athletes, corporations, and the U.S. military. As founder and president of EXOS, he has served as the NFLPA’s performance director for 18 years and is the author of six books.

Dan Burns

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of EXOS since 2009, Dan Burns spearheads the company’s management and strategic planning. Burns has guided EXOS through a period of meteoric growth, developing key relationships and overseeing the global operations of the EXOS platform, which extends to six continents. A graduate of Amherst College, he earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeff Sassone

President, Sports and Tactical

As EXOS president, sports and tactical since 2007, Jeff Sassone has overseen the company’s growth as the leader in athletic performance training. He has coached world-class athletes for more than two decades, working closely with EXOS founder Mark Verstegen. Sassone earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois and his bachelor’s from the University of South Florida.

Jeff Terrill

President, Employer and Community

As EXOS president, employer and community since 2013, Jeff Terrill has led the development of the company’s growth strategy and operations to drive market adoption of EXOS’ proactive health solutions. Prior to EXOS, Terrill served as president of Cigna’s emerging markets segment. Terrill graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor of science and business degree.

Jon Zerden

Chief Technology Officer

As CTO of EXOS, Jon Zerden oversees technology supporting everything from online content, training programs, and proprietary equipment to facility infrastructure, integrated systems, mobile apps, and wearable devices. Previously, he was vice president of global media at World Wrestling Entertainment. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from George Washington University.

Bill Bourque

President, Account Management and Field Operations

As EXOS president, account management and field operations, Bill Bourque leads the employer and community teams to deliver on our clients’ strategies and employee health goals. Previously, he was president and COO of MediFit. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and earned his master’s degree from Northeastern University.

John Golden

President, Product

As president of product, John Golden has overseen EXOS’ rise as the industry leader of products that drive human performance results. Golden began as a client after a revolutionary human tissue transplant on his left leg. His experience at EXOS taught him to walk again, a gain he later used to climb Everest and become a three-time National Champion youth football coach.

Todd Smith

Chief Marketing Officer

As CMO of EXOS since 2013, Todd Smith leads the brand vision, storytelling, design, and integrated marketing initiatives. Previously, Smith worked for The Coca-Cola Company where he served as group brand director for vitaminwater and led a brand relaunch for POWERADE. He has a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from Miami University.

Rick Smith

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO of EXOS since 2014, Rick Smith oversees financial planning and analysis, as well as accounting operations. Prior to EXOS, Smith served as CFO at Resource, the largest independent digital advertising agency in the U.S., and at inVentiv Communications. He holds a master’s degree from Dartmouth and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Brandon Parise

Chief People Officer

As CPO of EXOS since 2016, Brandon Parise introduces human resources strategies and processes that drive better business results, create a premier workplace, and promote our culture. Previously, Parise served in senior leadership roles at Campus Crest, Hostess Brands, and PepsiCo. A graduate of Allegheny College, he earned his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

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