Doug Battista is Vice President, Operations for Jenny Craig where he is responsible for Jenny Craig’s North America business Operations including company-owned locations, franchised locations, and direct-to-consumer business.
Prior to his role overseeing Operations, Mr. Battista led the human resources function in several businesses. Most recently, Mr. Battista was the Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Curves and Jenny Craig where designed and implemented global HR practices including Company Values, Performance Management and incentive compensation, as well as expansion into four European countries (Netherlands, Spain, France and UK).
Before entering the Human Resources field, he spent several years as a Food and Beverage Manager for ARAMARK Corporation and Marriott.
Mr. Battista earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Niagara University and a Master of Science from the University of Hartford.
Jeff Burchfield is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Curves and Jenny Craig. In this role, Mr. Burchfield leads the development of Curves and Jenny Craig in over 80 countries including overseeing all corporate legal matters, domestic and international franchising, intellectual property, litigation, employment and compliance. Mr. Burchfield has broad experience in a wide range of corporate matters including leading the acquisitions process of several businesses in the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Burchfield joined the Company in 2005 and has served in various capacities including Secretary and General Counsel, as well as Assistant General Counsel.
Prior to Curves and Jenny Craig, Mr. Burchfield was with the international corporate law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP where he practiced financial transactions and business litigation.
He graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in finance and from Baylor Law School with a JD.
Nico Engelsman is responsible for all international business for Curves International. In this capacity, he oversees sales, marketing, field operations of directly operated countries and manages the Master Franchisees throughout the world. Prior to joining Curves, Mr. Engelsman was with Philips for 26 years in various leadership roles across continents and multiple consumer divisions spanning sales, production and marketing. Most notably, Mr. Engelsman oversaw the Philips worldwide Shaving and Grooming Unit, which included extensive product development, production in multiple countries and had sales revenue of $1.2 billion. The innovative product and marketing campaigns overseen by Mr. Engelsman were heavily researched and adapted to local needs.
Mr. Engelsman is based in Curves International business operations in Amersfoort, Netherlands.
Ronnie Glaesmann is the Chief Accounting Officer for Curves and Jenny Craig where, since 2014, he has led the global accounting, tax and treasury functions for the business. Mr. Glaesmann, the Chief Financial Officer for Curves during 2006 – 2014, is a seasoned veteran, having been with the business for 10 years and provided financial leadership to Curves and its Founder prior to and after its 2012 acquisition by North Castle Partners, and continuing to serve in this role for a year following the acquisition of Jenny Craig in late 2013. Mr. Glaesmann has overseen numerous acquisitions over the years and has led the development of the global consolidated finance operations and reporting while streamlining a multitude of operations post acquisition.
Prior to Curves and Jenny Craig, Mr. Glaesmann, a CPA, served in various executive roles, the last of which was as a Sr. VP, with Hillcrest Health Systems, a 400 bed acute care facility in Waco, Texas, where he worked for eleven years; for two years as VP – Controller/Treasurer for SMI-USA, an international based franchise operation in the personal development and training space; and as Audit Manager with Pattillo, Brown and Hill, LLP, a regional accounting/tax firm based in Waco, Texas. Mr. Glaesmann obtained his MBA from Baylor University in 1997 and his BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University in 1984.
Michelle Hodges is the Vice President of Human Resources for Curves and Jenny Craig. In this role, she is responsible for the development of HR strategies and the delivery of HR services and programs for the Curves and Jenny Craig employees in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. She has 20 years of progressive human resources and leadership experience with vast expertise in employee engagement, change management, talent acquisition, compensation, benefits and wellness programs.
Ms. Hodges joined Jenny Craig in 2012 as a Human Resources Director for the North America corporate owned Jenny Craig locations.
Prior to that position, Ms. Hodges was with Medtronic where she was the HR leader at a cardiovascular manufacturing facility as well as in field sales of the Spinal and Biologics business. She was certified as Executive Coach, supported the rollout of their Total Health program at its inception and participated on the Sales Compensation Advisory Counsel.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Hodges was the Western Region Human Resources Manager for Uniform Services at ARAMARK. There, she was an advisor in the interpretation and administration of federal, state, and local employment laws and investigated problems, complaints, and charges for Route Sales Representatives, Account Managers, Administrative and Management employees in 11 states in union and non-union facilities.
Ms. Hodges holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Jim Johnson is Vice President of Sales for Curves and Jenny Craig. In his role, Mr. Johnson is responsible for franchise sales strategy and execution for the various operating formats for Curves and Jenny Craig.
Mr. Johnson joined Curves in 2002 as Sales Director for the UK and Ireland and was responsible for the growth of the brand in those countries. He has since held various progressive leadership positions and has been responsible for sales of new franchises throughout the world.
Mr. Johnson holds a BA in Management and Marketing from Baylor University.
Tricia Kendall is Vice President of the Healthcare Business for Curves and Jenny Craig where she oversees the solution development, sales, and operation of the health business channel. Ms. Kendall is responsible for strategic partnerships with employers, wellness companies, health plans and health systems to drive better health outcomes.
Prior to Curves and Jenny Craig, Ms. Kendall spent 20 years in the HR industry most recently as Regional Vice President of Towers Watson’s OneExchange business where she led business development working with companies and their consultants. Ms. Kendall’s previous roles include Cigna Senior Sales Director and Partner at Hewitt Associates.
Ms. Kendall is a speaker on benefit design and employee behavior topics and has authored a variety of benefit and human resources articles for industry publications. While with Hewitt Associates, she was one of the first elected to the Women in Leadership forum.
Jerry Lesser is the President of Franchise Operations for North America for Curves. In his role, Mr. Lesser is responsible for all facets of franchise relations and operations, as well as other strategic planning including dual-branded Jenny Craig and Curves center growth.
Mr. Lesser brings a wealth of experience in operations, franchisee relations, strategic planning and business development, along with a track record of achievement and promotions over a 20-year career with the world’s largest restaurant company. Most recently, Mr. Lesser was VP of Operations for KFC (a division of Yum Brands) where he was a key member of a successful brand turnaround team that created a new foundation for operational improvement and also revitalized franchisee relations and performance. In this role, he oversaw the largest profit growth in more than a decade and overhauled routines and tools for operations leaders, increasing productivity by 20%. Additionally, he led enhancements to training and implementation of new back-of-the-house systems, establishing a common platform for a fragmented system.
Prior to that role, Mr. Lesser held various progressive leadership roles at KFC including Director of Business Development for Yum Restaurants International in Australia where he built 400 restaurants over seven years, and achieved the highest return on capital for new restaurants among all Yum divisions.
Abe Lietz is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) & Vice President, Service Operations for Curves and Jenny Craig. In his role, Mr. Lietz leads the Information Technology and Customer Service functions for the Company and is charged with driving technology innovation to support business growth including all key enterprise business systems which includes in-store, e-commerce, mobile and back office applications and all supporting infrastructure. In addition, Mr. Lietz is responsible for managing the service contact center for both brands to drive a best-in-class service experience for customers, franchise owners and corporate users. Prior to Curves and Jenny Craig Mr. Lietz was Chief Architect & Head of Divisional IT for Life Technologies where he was responsible for driving technology strategy, new technology incubation, and overall technical architecture for the IT infrastructure and applications footprint, as well as all instrument and software system product lines. In his time there he redefined product technology strategy and architecture platforms across hundreds of complex instrument product lines and multiple divisions to reduce cost, complexity and improve go-to-market timelines by over 50%. Before joining Life Technologies, Mr. Lietz was in charge of Enterprise Business Solutions at Charlotte Russe Inc. where he was responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of development, maintenance and support of all key business systems such as Merchandise Management, POS, Inventory & Warehouse Management, Financial/Accounting/HRMS, Real-Estate & Construction Management, e-commerce and many others.
Mr. Lietz holds a B.A. in Business & MIS from Washington State University.
Katie Lucas is the Vice President of Product Development for Curves and Jenny Craig. In her role, she is responsible for development of all new products including food for Jenny Craig, and apparel and accessories for Curves.
Prior to Curves and Jenny Craig, Ms. Lucas was with Avon where she held a number of positions over a successful 20-year span. Most recently she was Executive Director of Fashion and Home in North America which she helped to rejuvenate to become one of the most successful departments in the company. While at Avon she held a number of positions including new business development and marketing, in addition to launching a wellness business focusing on nutrition. Ms. Lucas managed the turnaround of the fragrance category, overseeing all aspects of commercial marketing including activation of celebrity partnerships. Ms. Lucas began her career with Neiman Marcus and their executive training program.
She holds a BA in Economics from University of Mass. Amherst.
Peter Noverr is the Vice President of Supply Chain for Curves and Jenny Craig. In his role, he is responsible for the manufacturing of all of the Company’s products, distribution into the Company stores, and to consumers directly. Mr. Noverr is also responsible for inventory management system-wide and the management of the Company’s physical assets at more than 400 locations.
Prior to joining Curves and Jenny Craig, Mr. Noverr has 15 years of experience in various progressive leadership roles with functional food brands including EAS, Naked Juice, Atkins, Bora Bora Foods and level Life Foods. He has delivered significant shareholder value during his tenure at each brand.
Mr. Noverr holds a BA in Economics from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Denver.
Mike Raymond is the Chief Marketing Officer for Curves and Jenny Craig where he leads the Company’s marketing and communications functions.
A marketing veteran with extensive experience across a variety of direct marketing channels, Mr. Raymond is a proven marketing leader with a track record of building profitable businesses, executing effective turnaround strategies, and overseeing highly successful marketing campaigns.
With more than 25 years of marketing experience working for major marketers and advertising agencies, Mr. Raymond began his career at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago, where he spent five years in account management. He joined the Adolph Coors Brewing Company as New Products Marketing Director. Mr. Raymond also spent a number of years as the Vice President of Marketing for Domino's Pizza in Ann Arbor, where he was responsible for all U.S. marketing activity. He served as Executive Vice President and Director of Account Management at D'Arcy Massius Benton & Bowles Advertising in St. Louis. He left the agency business and joined Arthur Andersen as a principal and the marketing director for one of the firm’s U.S. regions. He also served as a member of the firm’s North American marketing leadership team. He joined Curves International, Inc. in 2002 and he held a variety of positions within the Company, including President.
Mr. Raymond holds a BA degree from Brown University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Graduate School of Management (marketing/finance concentration).
Michael Schantz is the Chief Financial Officer for Curves and Jenny Craig.
With more than 20 years of experience as a financial professional, Mr. Schantz has led companies through acquisitions, mergers and restructures, focusing on the optimization of financial operations. His experience across global financial operations ranges from businesses in private equity and asset management, to medical, hospitality and travel industries.
Prior to joining Curves and Jenny Craig, Mr. Schantz drove financial operating results for National Dentex Corporation, a $200 million dental laboratory manufacturing and technology company. He delivered earnings improvement of 53% in two years for the company through labor productivity and cost consolidation efforts despite market forces limiting organic revenue growth.
Before National Dentex, Mr. Schantz yielded a 300% earnings increase at TUI Marine through merger consolidation and resulting cost reductions, delivering more than $10 million in annual cost savings as well as M&A growth.
Monty Sharma is the Chief Executive Officer and President for Curves and Jenny Craig. He is a nationally-recognized business figure in the health, wellness and nutrition sector. Mr. Sharma brings more than 20 years of marketing, sales, international and executive experience to Curves and Jenny Craig. He has set aggressive goals for Curves and Jenny Craig, working to increase revenues through the development and launch of innovative consumer-centric products and services, new consumer acquisition programs, as well as strategic brand marketing.
Prior to Curves, Mr. Sharma was President and CEO at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. Under his leadership, Mr. Sharma successfully repositioned the brand as a diet program, re-launched all products, entered new lines of business, tripling revenues and led the successful sale of the company in 2010. Prior to Atkins, he served as CEO of Naked Juice, where under his leadership the company doubled sales in 18 months and became the leading super premium juice brand. The company was sold to PepsiCo in January 2007. Mr. Sharma’s successes in the health and nutrition category began as CEO of EAS (Energy Athletics Strength), a company recognized internationally as the industry leader in creating active lifestyle nutrition products for consumers across the fitness spectrum.
Mr. Sharma holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce from St. Xaviers College in Calcutta, India, a BA in Finance and an MBA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.