You may not know his name, but you recognize his face from those eHarmony commercials airing all hours of the day. Dr. Neil Warren, CEO and founder of the online dating site, has resigned. He’ll stay on with the business in an advisory role.
This isn’t the first time Warren has taken a back seat. He retired in 2007, but had to come back five years later after eHarmony settled a discrimination lawsuit for not catering to gay and lesbian couples.
It launched Compatible Partners for for gay and lesbian users looking for love. But the bad press surrounding the suit cost them around 350,000 members.
The 81-year-old CEO’s departure comes as eHarmony is branching out beyond dating. They’ve recently launched a new employee-matching website called “Elevated Careers.” That website alone is expected to make up 60 percent of the company’s revenue in the next three years.
Additionally, the company is dealing with more people talking about swiping left or right instead of going to eHarmony. Tinder and other dating apps have taken a big slice of the “looking for love” market.
The company’s vice president of brand marketing, Grant Langston, is stepping up to fill Warren’s shoes.
According to a (non-dating) profile on eHarmony’s website, Langston joined the company in 2000 as writer and editor. He was part of the team that helped launch the original website. He’s also managed promotion marketing efforts, customer care, content, social media and new products, the profile says.
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