Kelly Steckelberg

Zoosk CEO Kelly Steckelberg Is Leaving The Company

Kelly Steckelberg

Kelly Steckelberg, the CEO of global online dating brand Zoosk, is leaving the company.

In a press release announcing the surprise move, Zoosk said Steckelberg was leaving “for personal reasons”.

The change came into affect on 14th June, 2017.

In a statement, Kelly Steckelberg said: “I enjoyed my time at Zoosk and wish the company continued success.”

Mike Hodges, a member of Zoosk’s Board of Directors and an early investor in the company, will become the interim CEO while a search for a permanent CEO is conducted.

Hodges said: “Kelly has been instrumental in Zoosk’s recent successes and the company is on track to achieve year-over-year growth of both revenue and profit margin. We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

Steckelberg took over as CEO of Zoosk in December 2014, when co-founder Shayan Zadeh stepped aside and the company announced plans to shelve its IPO.

Formerly holding the position of CFO, Steckelberg then cut 15% of the company’s staff towards the start of 2015, as she set about turning Zoosk into a more financially robust business.

Following this decision, and by switching to a premium model, the company announced profitability in Q1 of 2015.

Since then, along with another set of workforce cuts in January last year, the dating company also released a new Snapchat-style dating app Lively in July 2016.

In 2016, the brand also hit the 40m user milestone, with CEO Steckelberg named one of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women for the third year in a row.

We wish Steckelberg all the best for the future, and will update this story with further details as they arrive.