Groupon Senior Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Rich Williams has served as our Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors since November 2015. During his tenure, he has served as Groupon’s Chief Operating Officer, President of North America and Senior Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining Groupon, Rich held a variety of marketing leadership roles at Amazon and spent nearly seven years in leadership positions at Experian in sales and marketing.
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Alison Allgor has served as our Senior Vice President of Human Resources since August 2015. Prior to this role, she served as Groupon’s Vice President of Human Resources for North America and Human Resources Director. Before joining Groupon, Alison was Vice President of Business Operations at Pelago and spent nine years at Amazon.com in a variety of positions including Director of Human Resources. Alison also spent five years at D. E. Shaw & Co, ultimately as Vice President of Human Resources, and served on the Board of Directors for Country Doctor Community Health Centers.
Senior Vice President, General Manager of North America Local
Jennifer Carr-Smith has served as our SVP and GM of North America Local since September 2017. She leads Groupon’s North America Local business, including key areas like Health, Beauty & Wellness, Things To Do, Food & Drink and Sales Operations. Before coming to Groupon, Jennifer was President and CEO of internet grocer Peapod. Prior to Peapod, Jennifer oversaw the global online business at J.Crew. She also served as a member of the initial management team at Gilt Groupe.
President of North America
Aaron Cooper has served as our President of North America since July 2017. He has oversight of the company’s Local, Travel and Goods businesses in the United States and Canada. Earlier in his Groupon tenure, Aaron served as chief marketing officer, head of Global Travel, head of North America Goods and head of North America Services. Prior to joining Groupon, Aaron held a variety of marketing and leadership positions at Orbitz and optionsXpress after consulting roles at AEG Partners, AOL and Price Waterhouse Management Consultants.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Dane Drobny has served as our General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since July 2014. Dane oversees Groupon’s entire global legal function, which includes commercial, corporate security, employment and compliance, government affairs, immigration, information security, intellectual property, litigation, privacy, regulatory reporting and risk management. Prior to joining Groupon, he was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Sears Holdings Corporation and he spent 17 years at the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, most recently as a partner.
Chief Marketing Officer
Vinayak Hegde has served as our Chief Marketing Officer since 2014. He oversees Groupon’s entire Marketing function, which includes channel management, customer acquisition, CRM and the technology systems that power them. He joined Groupon in February 2012 as Vice President of Computational Marketing and quickly founded our Seattle office. Prior to Groupon, Vinayak spent 12 years at Amazon.com as General Manager of the marketing group, managing the Gold Box and Lightning Deals program, the email marketing program and the central technology for Amazon’s Product Advertising API. Vinayak has also held technology positions at Oracle and Verifone.
Chief Operating Officer
Steve Krenzer has served as Groupon’s Chief Operating Officer since November 2017. He has ultimate oversight of Groupon’s North America and International segments, as well as Global Marketing and Global Operations. Steve was most recently the CEO of Core Digital Media, a leading online direct-response advertising company and one of the Internet’s largest display advertising providers. CDM’s flagship web properties included LowerMyBills and ClassesUSA. Prior to CDM, he held a variety of senior executive positions at Experian, ultimately serving as President of Interactive Media.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike Randolfi has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2016. In his role, Mike oversees accounting, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, tax, procurement, internal audit and treasury. Prior to joining Groupon, he served as CFO of Orbitz Worldwide and held a number of senior finance roles at Delta Air Lines, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President and Controller. Mike has also held positions with Continental Airlines and Raymond James and Associates.
Senior Vice President, Global Operations
Anita Samojednik has served as our SVP of Global Operations since 2017. She oversees Groupon’s operational functions everywhere we do business, including Customer Service, Digital Content and Automation. She joined Groupon in 2013 and has held a number of global operations leadership roles. Prior to Groupon, Anita was the Vice President of Customer Operations at TheLadders.com, the Procurement Officer at the United Nations and the Vice President of Outsourcing at Vonage.
Chief Accounting Officer & Treasurer
Brian Stevens has served as our Chief Accounting Officer since September 2012––adding the role of Treasurer in May 2016. His team is responsible for Groupon’s worldwide financial reporting and treasury functions. Prior to joining Groupon, Brian spent 16 years at the international accounting firm of KPMG LLP, most recently as an audit partner. While at KPMG, Brian spent five years in their Department of Professional Practice and two years as a practice fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Brian also serves on the Financial Reporting Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Chief Product Officer
Jay Sullivan has been Groupon’s Chief Product Officer since December 2015. Jay is evolving Groupon’s customer– and merchant-facing assets — including its desktop experience and top-rated mobile app — as well as the critical technology infrastructure that supports them. Prior to joining Groupon, he served as Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of the Mozilla Corporation. Before Jay led Mozilla’s global organization, he served as SVP of Product where he led the product management and design teams and oversaw the user experience for the widely used Firefox mobile and web browser.
President of International
Julie Szudarek has served as our President of International since January 2017. She oversees all facets of the company’s business and operations outside of North America. Prior to leading Groupon’s International business, Julie served as the President and COO of Groupon’s EMEA region. Earlier at Groupon, Julie ran the North American Local and Travel businesses, Live and Things to Do businesses and before that was responsible for Revenue Management, Merchandising and Data Science. Prior to Groupon, Julie worked at Orbitz as Group Vice President, Revenue Management, Strategy and Analytics.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Roushan Zenooz serves as our SVP of Corporate Development overseeing Groupon’s acquisitions, investments and strategic partnerships. He joined Groupon in November 2011 as Director of Corporate Development. Previously, Roushan was Regional Business Lead of Local for Yahoo. Prior to joining Yahoo, Roushan held positions in Corporate Development, Venture Capital and Investment Banking with BlueShore Capital, BlueRun Ventures, Cisco Systems and Morgan Stanley.