WEIGHT WATCHERS NAMES MICHAEL KORCUSKA CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Former LinkedIn Executive to Lead Product Vision and Transformation
NEW YORK (November 1, 2017) – Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that Michael Korcuska has been appointed Chief Product Officer. In this role, Korcuska will lead product transformation and seamlessly integrate an overall product vision into the digital and physical worlds. He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Mindy Grossman and will join the Executive Committee.
Grossman commented, "Michael brings deep product management knowledge and technical expertise that will drive innovation in ways that leverage technology and humanity. Michael’s 30 years of experience transforming brands and products, with a proven track record at a global level, make him incredibly well-suited to lead the next phase of product evolution at Weight Watchers. His passion for leveraging technology for good embodies our mission and will continue to be the foundation of our future. His leadership will be a tremendous asset as we work toward a more personalized and integrated experience for our members.”
Korcuska joins Weight Watchers from Greylock Partners where he provided counsel to its portfolio companies as Executive-in-Residence. Prior to his tenure at Greylock Partners, Korcuska was Vice President of Product Management at LinkedIn where he oversaw LinkedIn’s expansion into China and led the product team for the e-learning website Lynda.com, the company’s largest acquisition at the time.
On his appointment, Korcuska said, “Taking on this role is a chance to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives, and that’s incredibly important to me. Weight Watchers has helped millions of people develop healthy habits that are livable and sustainable, and has made great progress in creating a digital experience. Yet there is still incredible opportunity ahead, especially by increasing personalization and improving the integration between the online and offline experiences. Weight Watchers has a track record of helping millions of people, which means there is great data to work with, so I’m very excited about the possibilities.”
Korcuska will be based in the company’s San Francisco office and will work in close collaboration with Chief Technology Officer Michael Lysaght.
Prior to LinkedIn, Korcuska spent 20 years at the intersection of technology and education. He was Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, an open-source, non-profit association of universities working to produce a teaching and learning software platform, and Chief Operating Officer for Employment Law Training, a leading compliance training provider. He held leadership roles at online learning companies DigitalThink and Cognitive Arts, and served on the board of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), which focuses on developing talent in organizations. Korcuska has a master of science degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University and a bachelor of science degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
About Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Weight Watchers International, Inc. is one of the most recognized and trusted brand names among weight-conscious consumers. Weight Watchers provides commercial weight management services through a global network of Company-owned and franchise operations and offers innovative, digital weight management products through its websites, mobile sites and apps. These services and products are built on the Company’s weight management program, which helps millions of people around the world lose weight through sensible and sustainable food plans, activity, behavior modification and group support. Weight Watchers has an unparalleled network of service providers to assist members on their journey and also offers a wide range of products, publications and programs for those interested in weight loss and healthier living.