Groupon Announces CEO Transition
Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN), a leading destination for local services & experiences, announced that its Board of Directors (Board) has appointed Dusan Senkypl, co-founder of Pale Fire Capital and a member of the Board, to the role of interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Senkypl, who will be based in the Czech Republic, will remain on the Groupon Board of Directors. Mr. Senkypl succeeds Kedar Deshpande, who has stepped down as CEO and Director of Groupon and will serve as an advisor to the company for 60 days to aid in a smooth transition.
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Dusan Senkypl, co-founder of Pale Fire Capital and a member of the Groupon Board of Directors, has been appointed to the role of Groupon's interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. (Photo: Business Wire)
“Dusan is a proven leader and operator and his experiences leading transformations, building successful internet products and helping grow a marketplace similar to Groupon uniquely position him to step in as our interim CEO at this critical time,” said Ted Leonsis, Chairman of the Groupon Board of Directors. “Since he joined the Board, Dusan has been very engaged as a director, providing important oversight on Groupon’s strategy and strengths and helping the company identify areas in need of improvement. Given this, we believe that he will seamlessly transition into this new leadership role and help the company execute against and continue to refine the supply-led transformation strategy we announced during our fourth quarter earnings call. The Board is focused on accelerating Groupon’s transformation and we are confident that Dusan can help us reach this important goal. We are very excited to see the progress the company can make this year with Dusan as interim CEO.”
“I have a deep appreciation for the dedication that has gone into building this company and am honored to guide Groupon through its transformation and turnaround,” said Mr. Senkypl. “With unique local inventory, over 14 million active local customers and millions of visitor sessions per month, Groupon has valuable assets capable of fueling significant growth when paired with operational excellence. I am excited to build on that foundation to further scale the company’s marketplace and drive increased value for all stakeholders. I have built multiple businesses from the ground up that operated at scale with hundreds of millions of users, and I believe I know what we need to do at Groupon to take the company to the next level.”