Dec. 2, 2011
/PRNewswire/ -- Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced the appointment of
to serve as its President,
December 5, 2011
. Rosengarten will oversee the Company's
business operations, including its operations in
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
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
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
, where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Economics.
"We are very excited to bring
's strategic thinking, management expertise and entrepreneurial spirit, along with his extensive experience in business development, to our business operations in the
region," said Kirchhoff. "We believe Bruce's focus on the
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
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."