Doug Battista: President, North America Field Operations
Doug Battista is President, North America Field 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 Jenny Craig where he 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: Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Jeff Burchfield is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Jenny Craig. In this role, Mr. Burchfield is responsible for overseeing all corporate legal matters, 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.
Prior to Jenny Craig, Mr. Burchfield held progressive positions at Curves and 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.
Michelle Hodges: Chief HR Officer
Michelle Hodges is the Chief HR Officer for Jenny Craig. In this role, she is responsible for the development of HR strategies and the delivery of HR services and programs for the Jenny Craig employees in the U.S., Canada and Australia. 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
Tricia Kendall: Vice President Healthcare Business
Tricia Kendall is Vice President of the Healthcare Business for Jenny Craig where she oversees the solution development, sales, and operation of the healthcare business channel. Ms. Kendall is responsible for strategic partnerships with health plans, pharmaceutical companies, wellness companies, and health systems to drive better health outcomes.
Prior to Jenny Craig, Ms. Kendall spent 20 years in Business Development and Sales most recently as Regional Vice President of Towers Watson’s OneExchange business. Ms. Kendall’s previous roles include Cigna Senior Sales Director and Partner at Hewitt Associates.
Ms. Kendall is a speaker on Population Health Management and has authored a variety of associated articles. While with Hewitt Associates, she was one of the first elected to the Women in Leadership forum.
Katie Lucas: Vice President Product Development
Katie Lucas is the Vice President of Product Development for Jenny Craig. In her role, she is responsible for all food development.
Prior to 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.
Yash Muralidharan: Vice President of Information Technology
Yash Muralidharan serves as the Vice President of Information Technology at Jenny Craig. In this position, he is responsible for technology strategy, oversees the delivery of software and infrastructure projects across diverse, state-of-the-art technologies as well as the company's mission-critical IT applications and services. In addition, he oversees cyber security operations, including administering cyber security tools, as well as management of the 24/7 cyber security operations center.
Mr. Muralidharan joined the company in 2008 and was responsible for the implementation of their Business Intelligence systems. He has held positions for increasing responsibility within Jenny Craig and has spearheaded the delivery of high-value business technology initiatives. He comes with a reputation for building strong relationships with internal lines of business, a thorough understanding of information technology, and proven cost-optimization strategies. He was named Vice President in Feb 2017.
Prior to joining Jenny Craig, Mr. Muralidharan worked as a Software Consultant based out of the San Francisco Bay area, where he was responsible for Software implementation and Architecture. Mr. Muralidharan graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from Mumbai University.
Peter Noverr: Chief Operations Officer
Peter Noverr is the Chief Operations Officer for 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 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.
Michael Schantz, CPA, MBA: Chief Financial Officer
Michael Schantz is the Chief Financial Officer for 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 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: Chief Executive Officer and President
Monty Sharma is the Chief Executive Officer and President for 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 Jenny Craig. He has set aggressive goals for 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 Jenny Craig, 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.