Our Leaders

Groupon Senior Management Team

Eric Lefkofsky Eric Lefkofsky
Chief Executive Officer

Eric Lefkofsky serves as Chief Executive Officer of Groupon and is a co-founder of the Company. He also served as the Company’s Executive Chairman until his appointment as CEO. Eric Lefkofsky is a co-founder of Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECHO) and served on its board of directors from February 2005 to December 2012. Mr. Lefkofsky is also the co-founder of InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ: INWK) and served on its board of directors from August 2008 to October 2012. In 2008, Mr. Lefkofsky co-founded Lightbank LLC, a private investment firm specializing in information technology companies, and has served as a manager since that time. In April 2006, Mr. Lefkofsky co-founded MediaBank, LLC, an electronic exchange and database that automates the procurement and administration of advertising media, which merged with Donovan Data Systems to form Mediaocean in 2013. He has served as a director or manager at Mediaocean since that time. In 2014, Mr. Lefkofsky co-founded Uptake, LLC, a provider of a dynamic analytics and insight platform for a variety of industries.

Mr. Lefkofsky also serves on the board of directors of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the board of trustees of the Steppenwolf Theatre, the board of trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago and the board of trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry. Mr. Lefkofsky also serves on the prominent board of directors of World Business Chicago, a non-profit economic development organization. Mr. Lefkofsky is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Eric Lefkofsky earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Eric also is also author of the book, Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation, where he explores how disruptive businesses are formed, grown and sustained.

Rich Williams Rich Williams
Chief Operating Officer

Rich Williams serves as Chief Operating Officer for Groupon, a position he earned in June 2015. He serves as President of North America, a position he's held since October 2014. He was previously Groupon's SVP of Marketing. He joined the company in June 2011 with nearly 20 years of experience. Throughout his career, Rich has overseen some of the largest online marketing programs in the world, including the analytics and technology that power them. Immediately prior to joining Groupon, he ran Worldwide Marketing and Advertising at Amazon. While at Amazon, Rich split his time between building scalable software to manage Amazon's global automated advertising programs and coming up with TV ads for the Amazon Kindle (among other things). Prior to joining Amazon, Rich spent nearly 7 years developing marketing programs and technologies in a variety of leadership roles at Experian, including running marketing for Experian's Interactive companies and launching Experian's Real Time Marketing platform in its Marketing Services division. Before his time at Experian, Rich mostly walked the Earth like Caine from Kung Fu, earning room and board in exchange for working odd jobs in marketing, advertising and creative. Rich spends much of his spare time with his wife and daughter, often getting his hands dirty in the small winery they own together.

Sri Viswanath Sri Viswanath
Senior Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technology Officer

Sri Viswanath has been Groupon’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations since April 2013. Prior to joining Groupon, he was at VMWare, where he served as VP of research and development for mobile computing. Prior to VMWare, he was SVP of Engineering at Glam Media and general manager of its publisher products group. He was also the SVP of Engineering at Ning, Inc., and was instrumental in that company’s acquisition by Glam. Before that, he worked at Sun Microsystems where he led development of a number of very successful open-source and business-to-business products. Sri received his Bachelors from Bangalore University in India, his Masters in Computer Science from Clemson, and Masters in Management from Stanford.

Dane Drobny Dane Drobny
General Counsel

Dane has been Groupon's General Counsel since July 2014. Prior to Groupon, Dane worked at Sears Holding Corporation as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary. Dane received his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.

Jason Harinstein Jason Harinstein
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Jason has been Groupon’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development since March 2011. Before coming to Groupon, Jason worked in Corporate Development at Google, where he led the DoubleClick acquisition. Jason received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Northwestern University and his MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Vinayak Hegde Vinayak Hegde
Senior Vice President, Global Marketing

Vinayak Hegde serves as the SVP of Global Marketing where he oversees channel management, customer acquisition, CRM and technology systems that power them. Previously Vinayak was the Vice President of Computational Marketing at Groupon, starting that role in February 2012. He ran the overall product and technology for marketing at Groupon and all the online marketing channels globally. Vinayak also founded the Seattle office for Groupon. Prior to his tenure at Groupon, Vinayak spent 12 years at Amazon.com where he was a General Manager at Amazon’s marketing group. While at Amazon, Vinayak managed Amazon’s Gold Box and Lightning Deals program, Amazon’s email marketing program and also the central technology for Amazon’s Product Advertising API. Prior to that he had several roles in Amazon including managing their first web service and also managing their payments and ordering systems. Prior to Amazon Vinayak held various technology roles at Oracle and Verifone. Vinayak earned his engineering degree from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. He lives in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and daughter.

Robbie Schwietzer Robbie Schwietzer
Senior Vice President, Operations

Robbie Schwietzer serves as SVP of Operations where he oversees Groupon's global operations, including its customer service and editorial departments. Previously, he spent 10 years at Amazon and most recently held the position of Vice President of Amazon Prime. During his tenure at Amazon, he also served as Director of International Retail, Director of Videogames and Software, Germany and Senior Finance Manager for North America Media. Prior to Amazon, Schwietzer worked at McKinsey & Company as an Associate Consultant. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.

Brian Kayman Brian Kayman
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Brian has served as the Company's Vice President, Tax since May 2012 and Treasurer since April 2013. He previously served as an active principal at Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd. from 2004 to 2012, a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP from  2002 to  2004 and spent approximately 14 years as a C.P.A. at Arthur Andersen, most recently as a partner.

Board of Directors

Ted Leonsis
Chairman

Mr. Leonsis was elected Chairman of the Board in August of 2013 and has served on the company’s board since June 2009. Since 1999, Mr. Leonsis has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, LLC, a sports and entertainment company that owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Leonsis also has served as a Vice Chairman Emeritus of AOL LLC, a leading global Web company, since December 2006. Mr. Leonsis held a number of other executive positions with AOL from September 1994 to December 2006, most recently as Vice Chairman and President, AOL Audience Business. Mr. Leonsis co-founded Revolution Growth Fund II, a private investment firm, and has served as a partner of the fund since that time. Mr. Leonsis has served as a director of American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) since July 2010, a director of Rosetta Stone Ltd. (NYSE: RST) since December 2009 and was a director of NutriSystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) from December 2008 through June 2012. Mr. Leonsis also serves on the board of directors of several private internet and technology companies.

Eric Lefkofsky
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Lefkofsky serves as Chief Executive Officer of Groupon and is a co-founder of the Company. He also served as the Company’s Executive Chairman until his appointment as CEO. Mr. Lefkofsky is a co-founder of Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECHO) and served on its board of directors from February 2005 to December 2012. Mr. Lefkofsky is the co-founder of InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ: INWK) and served on its board of directors from August 2008 to October 2012. In 2008, Mr. Lefkofsky co-founded Lightbank LLC, a private investment firm specializing in information technology companies, and has served as a manager since that time. In April 2006, Mr. Lefkofsky co-founded MediaBank, LLC, an electronic exchange and database that automates the procurement and administration of advertising media, which merged with Donovan Data Systems to form MediaOcean in 2013. He has served as a director or manager since that time. Mr. Lefkofsky also serves on the board of directors of Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital, the board of trustees of the Steppenwolf Theatre, the board of trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago and the board of trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry. Mr. Lefkofsky also serves on the board of directors of World Business Chicago. Mr. Lefkofsky is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Lefkofsky holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Peter Barris
Director

Peter joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1992 and has served as Managing General Partner since 1999. Since joining NEA, Peter has led investments in over 20 information technology companies that have completed public offerings or successful mergers. These include such industry pioneering companies as Amisys, CareerBuilder, InnerWorkings, Neutral Tandem, UUNET, and Vonage. Prior to joining NEA, Peter was President and Chief Operating Officer of Legent Corporation (LGNT) and Senior Vice President of the Systems Software Division of UCCEL Corporation (UCE). Both companies were ultimately acquired at valuations that were record breaking for their time. Earlier, Peter spent almost a decade at General Electric Company in a variety of management positions, including Vice President and General Manager at GE Information Services. Outside interests include serving on the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, the Dartmouth Tuck School Board of Overseers. Peter previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Venture Capital Association and was also a founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic organization in the Washington D.C. area. He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern and an MBA from Dartmouth.

Robert Bass
Director

Robert Bass served as a vice chairman of Deloitte LLP from 2006 through June 2012, and was a partner in Deloitte from 1982 through June 2012. Mr. Bass specializes in e-commerce, mergers and acquisitions and SEC filings. At Deloitte, Mr. Bass was responsible for all services provided to Forstmann Little and its portfolio companies and is the advisory partner for Blackstone, DIRECTV, McKesson, IMG and CSC. He has also previously been the advisory partner for priceline.com, RR Donnelley, Automatic Data Processing, Community Health Systems and Avis Budget. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York and Connecticut State Societies of Certified Public Accountants.

Daniel Henry
Director

Daniel has been the Chief Financial Officer of American Express Company since October 2007. Henry is responsible for leading American Express Company’s finance organization and representing American Express to investors, lenders and rating agencies. He has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Consumer, Small Business and Merchant Services and joined American Express as Comptroller in 1990. Prior to joining American Express, Henry was a partner with Ernst & Young.

Brad Keywell
Director

Brad is a founder of MediaBank LLC, Echo Global Logistics, Inc., Groupon Inc., Starbelly, and several other companies. He is on the Board of the Zell-Lurie Entrepreneurship Institute at the University of Michigan, Big Communications, Warrior Productions, and University of Michigan Hillel Foundation. He was formerly on the Board of Columbia College, as well as the Advisory Committee of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Directors’ College.

Ann Ziegler
Director

Ann E. Ziegler is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CDW, Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare, and a Fortune 500 company. She joined CDW in 2008. Prior to joining CDW, Ms. Ziegler held a number of executive positions with Sara Lee, including finance, strategy and general management roles in both United States and international businesses. She holds a B.S. in economics from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She also serves on the board of directors of Hanesbrands, Inc.

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