BERLIN, Dec. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Spark Networks SE (NYSE: LOV), one of the world's leading online dating companies, has announced the promotion of Gitte Bendzulla to Chief Operations Officer (COO).
Bendzulla, Spark's first female COO, takes the role in addition to her position as the company's Chief Legal Officer and managing director.
Reporting directly into Spark CEO Eric Eichmann, Bendzulla's responsibilities will include overseeing operational efficiency and excellence for Spark and supporting growth and innovation for its portfolio of premium dating brands including Zoosk, EliteSingles, SilverSingles, Christian Mingle, Jdate, JSwipe and eDarling.
Eichmann says, "I'm excited to have Gitte promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer at Spark. Her knowledge of the company, commitment to excellence and terrific leadership will serve us well as we enter a critical phase for Spark's success. I look forward to working closely with Gitte for many years to come."
In addition to providing critical support for Spark's advancement and growth, Bendzulla will continue to drive inclusivity within the company, building on the culture she helped foster in her previous role as a Spark managing director and the company's Chief of Staff.
Bendzulla says, "I am thrilled to expand my responsibilities at Spark Networks and support Spark as COO on its exciting journey ahead. My appointment underlines Spark's strong commitment to inclusion, one of the cornerstones of the Spark culture and a driver for success.
My peers and I are committed to working together to enhance operational excellence and foster diversity, allowing us to continue to gain growth and productivity in a purposeful workplace."
Bendzulla joined the company as General Counsel in 2018, before taking on the triple duties of managing director, Chief of Staff, and Chief Legal Officer in 2019.
Before joining Spark Networks, Bendzulla held several senior legal positions on a European and global scale with Juniper Networks, APM Terminals, Eaton Industries and the SITA Suez group. She is admitted to the German bar and holds a master's degree from the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
About Spark Networks SE:
Spark Networks SE is America's second largest dating company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange American under the ticker symbol "LOV," with headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and offices in New York and Utah. The Company's widening portfolio of premium and freemium dating apps include Zoosk, EliteSingles, Christian Mingle, Jdate, JSwipe, SilverSingles and eDarling, among others. Spark Networks SE in its current form is the result of the merger between Affinitas GmbH and Spark Networks, Inc. in 2017 and the addition of Zoosk, Inc. in 2019. Spark Networks has approximately one million monthly paying subscribers globally.
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