Online dating company Spark Networks has promoted Gitte Bendzulla to become its first female Chief Operations Officer. Ms. Bendzulla will be responsible for ensuring operational efficiency, supporting the growth and innovation for its range of premium dating brands. She will report to Spark CEO Eric Eichmann and also continue in her roles as Chief Legal Officer and managing director.
"I'm excited to have Gitte promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer at Spark,” said Mr. Eichmann. “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."
Ms. Bendzulla joined Spark Networks as General Counsel in 2018, and in that time has also taken on the roles of managing director, Chief of Staff, and Chief Legal Officer. Prior to that, she held senior legal roles with global and European companies including Juniper Networks, APM Terminals, Eaton Industries and the SITA Suez group.
"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,” said Ms. Bendzulla. “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."