NEW YORK - Sept. 16, 2014 // PRNewswire // - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that Michael Lysaght has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Digital Product Engineering. Reporting directly to Chief Technology Officer Dan Crowe, Lysaght's newly created role will work closely with the Weight Watchers Product team to build new, innovative digital products as well as improve the global web, mobile and social experiences for members. He will also be instrumental in the advancement of the Weight Watchers API capabilities, such as connected device integration.
"Michael's appointment to lead our new Digital Product Engineering division demonstrates further progress we are making to strengthen our technology capability and drive product innovation," said Dan Crowe, Chief Technology Officer, Weight Watchers. "His insight and experience on building highly scalable, customer-centric, web-based products will be extremely valuable and the guidance he'll be able to provide to his teams on the latest technologies and modern engineering methods will enable Weight Watchers to become a much more technologically advanced enterprise."
Lysaght joins Weight Watchers from SecondMarket, a technology company whose sophisticated online platform enables private companies, investment funds and other issuers to efficiently conduct complex private equity transactions. Since 2009, he served as the Vice President of Engineering where he led the design, development, delivery and quality of the company's software products. Prior to SecondMarket, Lysaght spent 12 years working as an independent consultant at various institutions around the world, building web platforms for startups, banks and telecom companies.
"There is nothing more thrilling to me than technology reinvention and it's an honor to join an organization that has such deep expertise in consumer engagement and success for its members," said Lysaght. "This is an exciting time for Weight Watchers and having the opportunity to lead a department that's dedicated to being bold, fresh and innovative from a digital product perspective is a great fit."
Weight Watchers International, Inc. is the world's leading provider of weight management services, operating globally through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. Weight Watchers holds more than 40,000 meetings each week where members receive group support and learn about healthy eating patterns, behavior modification and physical activity. Weight Watchers provides innovative, digital weight management products through its websites, mobile sites and apps. Weight Watchers is the leading provider of digital weight management products in the world. In addition, Weight Watchers offers a wide range of products, publications and programs for those interested in weight loss and weight control.
SOURCE Weight Watchers International, Inc.