NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced the appointment of Bruce Rosengarten to serve as its President, Asia Pacific, effective December 5, 2011. Rosengarten will oversee the Company's Asia Pacific business operations, including its operations in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China, as well as new business initiatives in this region. Rosengarten will be reporting to David P. Kirchhoff, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Rosengarten joins the Company with more than 30 years of extensive retail management, business development and leadership experience in various industries throughout the Asia Pacific region. Most recently, Rosengarten has been advising and mentoring senior management in various industries on strategy, business development and leadership as well as authoring and publishing a book on leadership, while also serving as the Honorary President and Chairman of a prominent humanitarian organization in Australia. For more than a decade, Rosengarten also held various marketing, retail management and business development positions at Shell International Petroleum Company, including most recently serving as Global Vice President Retail Marketing – Shell Downstream based in Singapore from January 2005 to September 2008. In this position, Rosengarten held the most senior marketing role in Shell with global responsibility for the Shell brand across all company activities. Rosengarten is a graduate of Monash University in Australia, where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Economics.
"We are very excited to bring Bruce Rosengarten's strategic thinking, management expertise and entrepreneurial spirit, along with his extensive experience in business development, to our business operations in the Asia Pacific region," said Kirchhoff. "We believe Bruce's focus on the Asia Pacific region along with his unique market insights from his prior experiences will allow us to realize exciting growth opportunities in that region."
"I am very excited about leading the strategic growth initiatives for Weight Watchers in the
Asia Pacific region," added Rosengarten. "Obesity is an epidemic that is impacting people throughout the world, increasingly so in this region. The opportunity to apply my background, experience, and drive to be a part of fighting this global epidemic on behalf of Weight Watchers is something that I feel very privileged, honored and excited to be doing."